Audio Recording "I would not sell a quilt."

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"I would not sell a quilt."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Gifts
-  Quilt patterns
-  income
-  turkey track 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: LS: I would not sell a quilt. / GJ: Is that right? I was going to ask you that. / LS: I don't have any desire to, I give my quilts. They's too much time and, and effort put in a quilt for me to sell. I'd have to have, more than people would give for my quilts. They're large, they're large enough for spreads, and, there's so much time in 'em that I don't think people would pay me what I'd have to have for my quilts. So I just give them. / GJ: To the family. So you've never sold a quilt? / LS: I've never sold a quilt. / GJ: You don't work through any craft shops or anything of that sort? / LS: No. / GJ: How many have you made and given to the family? / LS: Well, I have ten grandchildren. I guess, you see I just retired in '71, and I didn't have much time. As I told you, as I say, that school teaching is a full-time job. Then I had my, my husband was living then, and I had him to, here, and so forth, so I didn't, I, I think I've made, eight or ten, I guess. And given away. But some of those represent a whole winter's work [laughter] / GJ: Oh, I can imagine. / LS: The first one that I gave I think it was to my oldest daughter, oldest daughter, and it was Turkey Tracks in a little nine-inch square, and then joined with squares, and every one of those squares that I joined it with, I put a circle wreath in there that takes a hour and a half to two hours to quilt. And it, you can imagine how much time I put on that quilt. And I wouldn't, I wouldn't think about mailing it to her. I took it to her. I was afraid it would get lost in the mail. And I would of, if I'd a sold that quilt, I'd have had to have two hundred and fifty dollars, at least, for it. And I don't believe anyone would give me that for it. Yeah, they're selling for high prices. And I've seen some real pretty quilts. And well done. And I've seen some that are not so well done. But, that depends on the person. Can't everybody be a seamstress. The, I think a whole lot's talent. Now I don't sew that well, sew clothes and things. And I'm not the best at making quilts, but mine are passable I'd say.
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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. "I would not sell a quilt.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "I would not sell a quilt.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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