Audio Recording "My first quilt was a basket pattern."

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"My first quilt was a basket pattern."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  basket 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: What did your first quilts look like? / LS: Well, I was sitting here, thinking about what my first quilt looked like. You remember the basket quilt that I showed you that my great-grandmother pieced? I, I made a pattern and pieced that quilt. / GJ: Is that right? That same pattern. / LS: Not that same pattern, but, mine wasn't as good a quality as that, because I made my stitches too long. But I kept that quilt for years and years, but I don't have it now. / GJ: But it was that pattern. / LS: That pattern, that basket, design. / GJ: Did you quilt it in the fans? / LS: No, my mother quilted in fans, yes. That, she did all her quilting in fans. She did all of it. But I don't. I, I piece, I quilt mine more fancy. And with the piece, more, you'd say. / GJ: You quilt by the piece more. / LS: Yes. I used to quilt right on the seam and it was hard to do, and it didn't show up your quilting, and I decided that if I'd put my stitches a little farther away, it would show it up, show it up, more, and it does. / GJ: So that's how you do it now.
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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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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "My first quilt was a basket pattern.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

APA citation style:

Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "My first quilt was a basket pattern.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "My first quilt was a basket pattern.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.