Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Stanley, Lura
Dates 1978
Location Laurel Fork
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Interviews
Lone Star Quilts
Quilt Patterns
Quilting
Star Quilts
Title
"I can't quilt a straight line!"
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  lone star quilts
-  star quilts
-  Ethnography
-  Interviews
-  United States -- Virginia -- Laurel Fork
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  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 ever just use straight diagonal lines or by the piece or by the fan? / LS: I can't quilt a straight line! / GJ: You can't? [laughter] / LS: You know, a straight line is hard to draw even. But you can make curved lines and so forth and they don't show up on a quilt. But I can't, some people can make straight lines, but I can't. You know, when I quilt in straight lines, they are not the same distance apart, or something's wrong with 'em. They don't look straight. So I don't, I don't think straight lines. They, that's hard to do, to make a straight line. / GJ: So you've never quilted diagonally, or in straight up and down. / LS: Yeah, I did one time. A Lone Star quilt. I quilted, quilted around each diamond and then the rest of the quilt accordingly. I saw one of those, somewhere. It was done real well, in straight lines. I guess you could do that, maybe, but, I, I try, I stay away from straight lines, if I can. Cause they show a, show up too bad if they's a crook in 'em. / GJ: Do ever quilt in a fan? / LS: I used to a long time ago, but I don't any more. / GJ: Why not> / LS: I think the, quilting with the piece and then filling in with a pretty design is more attractive. / GJ: Nobody's ever told you that the fan was, not / LS: Well, I think the fan's pretty, but I, it's hard to get those the same distance apart. And the kind of quilts that I piece, most of 'em, I join with squares a lot. And, that doesn't lend itself to fans as much. I have nothing against fan quilting. I think they're pretty. If they're done well. / GJ: But basically, you do by the piece / LS: Yeah / GJ: Filling in with fancy / LS: Fancy quilting, yeah, uh huh. And I work that out to suit the quilt. You remember that star quilt in there, that orange, brown quilt. I worked, I had to do a lot of thinking about that quilt to fill it all in. And I did it just, that could have been fan, I guess, but I preferred it otherwise.
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Medium
Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R106
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Repository
American Folklife Center


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