Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Johnson, Geraldine Niva
Stanley, Lura
Dates 1978
Location Laurel Fork
United States
Virginia
Language English
Subjects Aesthetics
Ethnography
Interviews
Quilt Patterns
Rolling Star Quilts
Star Quilts
Title
"I usually fold 'em and put 'em on the foot of my bed."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  aesthetics
-  star quilts
-  rolling 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: LS: That is rather a small quilt. I didn't get that quite as large as I would like to have it. / GJ: Yeah, well it's sure beautiful. What do you use them for? Do you use them as spreads, or do you actually use them as quilts? / LS: No, I never, I very seldom ever use 'em as quilts. I have others that I use as quilts. I usually fold 'em and put 'em on the foot of my bed. And sometimes I use 'em as spreads. But I have wallpaper in my spare bedroom, and it doesn't go too well. Some of those quilts don't go too well in there. I made the mistake of papering my, flowers against flowers sometimes doesn't go so well. And, I have one quilt, the quilt that I showed you, the Ocean Waves. It goes well on, as a spread in there. Now I tried that one, that they have in their hands there now, as a spread, but, it didn't go too well in my bedroom. / GJ: Oh, is that right? With the bold colors and everything? What do you call that one now? / LS: [laughter] I call it the Rolling Star. I don't know what it is. / GJ: The Rolling Star. / LS: I copied that from an old quilt. / GJ: Uh huh. Oh, you did, from an old quilt? / LS: Yes, I copied that pattern from an old quilt, and so I don't know what it was, was, but I, the old quilt, the, the squares in it were, you know what I mean by squares, don't you? They were smaller than that, but that was about as small as I thought I could make them. And I think it's, uh, uh, pretty well proportioned, don't you? / GJ: Oh, absolutely. That's beautiful. / LS: Now I made that quilt winter before last. / GJ: Oh, you did. Just a couple of years ago. / LS: Uh huh. I saw that quilt, and, and started it just before Christmas, and finished it. But I thought I would never get that one quilted. Because it takes an hour and a half, takes me an hour and a half, to make one of those feather scrolls, feather wreathes, I call 'em, there, that you quilt on both sides of the circle, you see. / GJ: Um hmm. Now that's different than some of the feather scrolls you make. Cause some / LS: That's more work on it. When I made my daughter the Turkey Track quilt, I quilted like that. I said I'd never quilt another one, but, that, adapted itself to that, and I broke down and did it again.
-  For rights information please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
Medium
Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R108
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
Repository
American Folklife Center


Rights & Access

The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. See our Legal Notices and Privacy and Publicity Rights for additional information and restrictions.

The American Folklife Center and the professional fieldworkers who carry out these projects feel a strong ethical responsibility to the people they have visited and who have consented to have their lives documented for the historical record. The Center asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here. Researchers are also reminded that privacy and publicity rights may pertain to certain uses of this material.

This collection includes materials from the "All-American Quilt Contest" sponsored by Coming Home, a division of Lands' End and Good Housekeeping. The quilt contest winning entries from 1992 to 1996 are displayed with the permission of Coming Home which retains its rights.

Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these collection materials should contact the Folklife Reading Room for assistance. 

Credit line

Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:

Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection, 1977-1981 (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Lands' End all-American quilt collection, 1992-1997 (AFC 1997/011), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Rights assessment is your responsibility.

More about Copyright and other Restrictions

For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.