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Audio Recording "I use a circle frame that's on a stand."

"I use a circle frame that’s on a stand."

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  • "I use a circle frame that's on a stand."


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

Created / Published

  • Laurel Fork, Virginia


  • -  Quilting
  • -  quilt frames
  • -  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: LS: I use a little circle frame, a oblong frame that's on a stand. But I have to stretch the quilt first. I stretch the quilt, and sew it together with basting stitches so it won't slip, and use quite a few pins. And get it all, so it won't slip and get out of place, and then I use the circle frame, and just, kind of like an embroidery hoop. And I can put my chair right up to it, and move to any room I want to, and quilt that way. / GJ: Seems very convenient. / LS: Yes it is. / GJ: How long have you been using that? / LS: I been using it for six or seven years, I guess. You, I showed you the wreath that you put in the middle, in, in the middle of a square, in the joining. Well, you can't do fancy quilting like that, I can't, in a big frame. But I can turn and twist that, and do that fancy quilting in that little frame, while I couldn't do it if I had it in a big frame. Because I can't, you can't get to it. / GJ: Isn't it bulky, just to move, to have the whole quilt and then just that little bit of material to move around? / LS: Well, that frame is about 18 inches or more, maybe two foot. It's about. And you just let your quilt fall on the floor. I always quilt where I have carpet. You know, your quilt doesn't get dirty if it's on clean carpet. But, if you had it on, just a bare floor, it would pick up the dirt, so I always quilt where I have carpet, so it won't pick up dirt. And you can put something down, to, for the quilt to rest on.
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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 use a circle frame that's on a stand.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

APA citation style:

Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "I use a circle frame that's on a stand.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I use a circle frame that's on a stand.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.