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Audio Recording "They need to be stretched real tight so they come out smooth."

"They need to be stretched real tight so they come out smooth."

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  • "They need to be stretched real tight so they come out smooth."


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

Created / Published

  • Laurel Fork, Virginia


  • -  Quilting
  • -  Quilt patterns
  • -  quilt frames
  • -  flower garden 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: LS: I having trouble getting my quilts stretched sometimes. They, they need to be stretched real tight so that they're smooth when they come out of the frames. / GJ: How come you have difficulty doing that? / LS: Well, sometimes they have little pockets in 'em or something. You know, where that they weren't stretched good. When you cut bias and all kinds of different ways, you know, your pieces are cut bias, it's hard to get a quilt stretched in a frame. Because your, your, of your, so many little pieces in it. If it was a piece of cloth, yes, but, a, a quilt, it's difficult. Now that yellow quilt that I, that orange, brown, yellow quilt, was, I felt like I didn't get it quite stretched well enough. / GJ: Now is this a problem because of using the hoop, or is this a problem just with getting it in the frame? / LS: I think it's a problem of just sometimes I don't have enough help, too, to stretch it in the big frame. You know, it needs, and having room. My living room isn't that large. And, here is where I usually stretch my quilts. Here. Move the chairs and things. I just, having room, and having help, is your problem. / GJ: How do you put the quilt in the frames? / LS: Well, I, if I'm going to quilt in that little hoop, sometimes I just pin, stretch my lining here on the carpet and pin it to the carpet. Pin the lining to the carpet. And put my padding in. And then, pin my, spread out my quilt top on that, and then, and pin it to the lining and to the carpet, and then get down on your knees and sew it, and pin it, and pin it, and pin it. So it won't slip, you know, and then I've got it ready to go in that little hoop. And I've found it just about as good. This carpet isn't, it's a little hard to pin to, but you can reach down and get, pin it in and stretch it that way instead of using frames. Well, it's the same thing. It's, it'd be about the same thing as frames. But they need to be stretched real well. / GJ: Well, then, do you ever quilt in the frames? Do you ever put 'em up? / LS: Oh, yes, I have, but I can't do fancy quilts, fancy quilting in frames. In a big frame. I can't get to it. It's hard to quilt backwards and forwards and so forth, and so I can't get to it. So I prefer the little frame. And I've got other people, I, I know three or four people that's picked, that do their quilting in a little frame because I've told them about it. / GJ: Well what makes you decide to do some of them in the big frame? / LS: Well, it's not quite as much trouble, after you get it in the frame, you can go and sit down and quilt it. I did a Flower Garden and I did it in the frame, the big frame, because I quilted around each little piece, and it, it wasn't that much turning as some, some kind of quilting.
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  • Sound tape reel : 7 in.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R106

Source Collection

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)


  • American Folklife Center

Online Format

  • audio

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "They need to be stretched real tight so they come out smooth.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "They need to be stretched real tight so they come out smooth.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "They need to be stretched real tight so they come out smooth.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.