Audio Recording "I would not sell a quilt."
About this Item
- "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.
- - For rights information please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
- 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
The Library of Congress is not aware of any U.S. copyright protection (see Title 17, U.S.C.) or any other restrictions in the material in this collection, except as noted below. Users should keep in mind that the Library of Congress is providing access to these materials strictly for educational and research purposes. The written permission of the copyright owners and/or other holders of rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) is required for distribution, reproduction, or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use or other statutory exemptions. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item. See our Legal Notices and Privacy and Publicity Rights for additional information and restrictions.
The American Folklife Center and the professional fieldworkers who carry out these projects feel a strong ethical responsibility to the people they have visited and who have consented to have their lives documented for the historical record. The Center asks that researchers approach the materials in this collection with respect for the culture and sensibilities of the people whose lives, ideas, and creativity are documented here. Researchers are also reminded that privacy and publicity rights may pertain to certain uses of this material.
This collection includes materials from the "All-American Quilt Contest" sponsored by Coming Home, a division of Lands' End and Good Housekeeping. The quilt contest winning entries from 1992 to 1996 are displayed with the permission of Coming Home which retains its rights.
Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these collection materials should contact the Folklife Reading Room for assistance.
Please cite the source collection title, collection number, and repository, for example:
Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project collection, 1977-1981 (AFC 1982/009), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Lands' End all-American quilt collection, 1992-1997 (AFC 1997/011), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.
Chicago citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I would not sell a quilt.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000188/.
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "I would not sell a quilt.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000188/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I would not sell a quilt.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/qlt000188/>.