Audio Recordings "I think most of my pattern are old patterns."
Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Turkey Track Quilts
- "I think most of my pattern are old patterns."
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Stanley, Lura (Creator)
- Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
- Created / Published
- Laurel Fork, Virginia
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - Quilt patterns
- - quilt marking
- - turkey track quilts
- - 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: GJ: Do you use any patterns that you say your mother used or members of your family used? / LS: No, I don't believe so. I use old patterns. That Turkey Tracks pattern is an old pattern. I think the Dresden Plate. I think most of my patterns are old patterns. But they're not copied from my mother's quilts, because I don't have her quilts. / GJ: Where did you get them from, then, the old, old patterns? / LS: Out of magazines and quilt books. They usually say that they're a old pattern and so forth. Yeah, you can, you get 'em out of quilt books. There's quite a few quilt books on the market. I guess I have fifteen or twenty quilt books. [laughter] / GJ: You do have a lot, yeah. / LS: Sometimes it's hard to decide which, which quilt to make. I try to visualize which one will be pretty. In an all-over design. You know. You have to visualize it, kindly. / GJ: Now where do you get your actual quilting patterns again, your patterns to quilt by? Have you gotten those from the books too? / LS: Yes. / GJ: You get your piecing patterns from the books, do you get your quilting? / LS: And I get my quilting patterns from books, too. I've never been able to get many. I just look, I can copy most of them. / GJ: Do you, um, you said for the wreath, the feather wreath, that you put a plate down and then / LS: Or a circle or, some kind of a plate, something that's circular. According to the size you want. And draw a circle on your quilt and then, cut your little disks out of cardboard and, and, it's tedious but it's worth it, I guess. Lightly, you don't bear hard on your pencil when you, get a pencil that won't make a black mark. You don't use a soft pencil, you use a number two pencil, is what I use. That doesn't make a, you know, a real plain mark. Some, softer pencils would be hard to, to get it out. But they's other materials, but I never have gotten it. They's other materials that you can stamp with, but I've never ordered any of it. I may, sometime, but, I just use a pencil.
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- Sound tape reel : 7 in.
- Call Number
- AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R106
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
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