Audio Recordings "I pieced 'em, but I didn't quilt till after I was married."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Stanley, Lura
Dates 1978
Location Laurel Fork
United States
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
"I pieced 'em, but I didn't quilt till after I was married."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Laurel Fork
-  Lura Stanley was interviewed on September 28, 1978, at her home. Geraldine Johnson described Mrs. Stanley's quilts as "truly exquisite." She grew up on a farm and learned to quilt as a child, worked as a school teacher, and now makes quilts for herself and her family. She also has some older quilts which she bought at auctions. The highlights of this interview include Mrs. Stanley's comments on individual quilts as they were photographed.
-  Transcription: LS: Well, I'd been a person that, anything I wanted to do, I felt like I could do it, if I wanted to do something. So I just thought I'd have these quilts, and I couldn't get anybody to quilt 'em. I'd piece 'em, and get 'em together, and I decided that, well, I could quilt. But I didn't, start quilting till, several years after I married. / GJ: Oh, is that right? You didn't quilt at home as a young girl? / LS: No. No, no, I didn't quilt at home as a young girl, no. / GJ: You pieced? / LS: I pieced the quilts and my mother would quilt them. And, but I didn't do very good quilting in 'em again. I yet am not an expert, but I do much better now. Cause when I first began quilting, I quilted just to have something to put on your bed to keep warm in the wintertime. Because our houses were cold. But now, I don't, I have a heated house, so I just use 'em, for spreads and just, to possess something, have something that, beautiful, I think, to have and to, enjoy. And some of my quilts, I don't see 'em for a year, but, I know I have them. It's a big job to quilt. You have to, you stretch, you get your lining and stretch it, put it in a frame. Big frame, the old, that's the way I was taught to quilt. And then you put your filling in, your padding, and then you have to put your top on, and you got to sew it in that frame, and stretch it, and if you don't stretch a quilt well, you don't have as good a product when you get it finished. It needs to be stretched tight, in those frames.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R105
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center

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