Audio Recording "Piecing a quilt is just a pastime since I retired."

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"Piecing a quilt is just a pastime since I retired."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Gifts
-  artistic hobbies
-  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: But, piecing a quilt is just pastime for, for me since I retired. I just, like to sit and do that, at night and look at the TV and so forth. That's why I make quilts. I live alone and that's a pastime for me. / GJ: How many do you make a year? / LS: I made four, I pieced four last year and quilted them. And I put right much quilting as you see on my quilts, so it takes quite a while. And I make 'em for gifts. / GJ: All for your family? / LS: Yes, I have ten grandchildren, and I hope to give each one a quilt, if I live long enough to make them. And I'm about half through, so I have about five more to go. / GJ: Do they really value them? / LS: Yes, I hope so. I hope so. I guess, you bring up children, when they see how much time it takes to make a quilt, then they should, value 'em. Put right much value on them. And take care of them. Because a quilt doesn't look as well after it's put through a washing machine. / GJ: Do you wash yours? / LS: No. I have them dry cleaned, but I don't wash them. / GJ: So you wouldn't want any of your grandchildren to wash the quilts? / LS: Well, I guess it can be done, but, it, they never look as good. They, they're not, I'd say it, it really, they never look as well. When they're washed. You can tell a washed quilt. / GJ: Oh yeah? How can you tell? / LS: You sure can tell it. / GJ: How? / LS: Well, you can't iron a quilt. And if you wash a piece of cotton, it needs to be ironed. Course, there's polyester, I guess, washes better. Woven polyester I guess would wash better than cotton. But I wouldn't recommend 'em washing quilts. If you, if you get 'em soiled, dry clean 'em. Have 'em dry cleaned.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R105
Source Collection
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
American Folklife Center
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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "Piecing a quilt is just a pastime since I retired.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "Piecing a quilt is just a pastime since I retired.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "Piecing a quilt is just a pastime since I retired.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.