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Audio Recording "I never quilt in the summertime."

"I never quilt in the summertime."

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  • "I never quilt in the summertime."


  • Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
  • Stanley, Lura (Creator)
  • Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)

Created / Published

  • Laurel Fork, Virginia, .


  • -  Gifts
  • -  Quilt patterns
  • -  turkey track quilts
  • -  star quilts
  • -  tumbling star quilts
  • -  Ethnography
  • -  Interviews
  • -  United States -- Virginia -- Laurel Fork


  • Ethnography
  • Interviews


  • -  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: When you quilt, what time of year is best for you? / LS: What time of year is the best time to quilt? Quilt in the wintertime. I never quilt in the summertime. I, I like to garden, and travel, and do different, I'm an outdoors person. And so, I don't quilt in the summer. Winter, when you have to stay in, when the roads are bad and the weather's bad. That's when I do, do my quilting. / GJ: Is that after Christmas, or before Christmas? / LS: Well, sometimes, if I want to get a, I have a quilt started and want to get it for a Christmas gift, I'll try to get it out before Christmas, but . . . That Tumbling Star quilt, Tumbling Star that I showed you. I started that just before Christmas, pieced it and, and quilted it, and it took me the whole time from Christmas on till spring to finish that quilt. That was year before last. Took me from Christmas till spring to do one quilt. But last year, I did four. In the whole winter. And, I did a, Turkey Track, before Christmas year before last, for Ralph, but I didn't get it done for Christmas for him, but I did it, he knew it, that was his Christmas gift. And I finished it up after Christmas. / GJ: When you do quilt, during the winter, what time of day do you generally like to quilt? / LS: Well, if it's bad weather I, sometimes quilt all day long. You know, off and on, all day long. But it gets, gets you in between your shoulders, and I have arthritis, and it, you have to quit some. But I quilt, I don't see to quilt as well of a night.
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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

Online Format

  • audio

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Credit line: Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Chicago citation style:

Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I never quilt in the summertime.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

APA citation style:

Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "I never quilt in the summertime.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I never quilt in the summertime.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.