Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Stanley, Lura
Dates 1978
Location Laurel Fork
United States
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
"I got so tired of that Sunburst quilt, a-quilting it."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Gifts
-  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, when you work on something so long, you wonder if, you know, you kindly get tired. I'll tell you, when you quilt, I got so tired of that Sunburst quilt, a-quilting it, that I, I thought I would never finish it. It was very tedious, see, those diamonds are quilted, all around each of those diamonds. And they are not, they are small too. And, takes just about a winter's work to do something like that. But I did finish, I started that one year and didn't finish it and took it out. That's one thing about not quilting on a big frame. If you have a little frame you can roll it up and put it away and come back to it. And so I quilted one spring on that, and then the next fall I quilted that, and I gave it to my son and his wife at Christmas time. / GJ: How do you happen to have it back? / LS: See, they moved back, and I called 'em and told 'em that you were coming and I'd like for 'em to bring it. [laughter] / GJ: I see. Very good. Well, I appreciate that very much. So you quilted on that one almost two years then? One winter and one fall. / LS: One, that's right. But that's just my spare time. Now that quilt, I quilted quite a while on it, too. You can see why I would, don't sell quilts, that, there's so much time spent on 'em that you could just possibly can't . . .
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R108
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center

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