Audio Recordings "I can't quilt a straight line!"
About this Item
- "I can't quilt a straight line!"
- Contributor Names
- Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
- Stanley, Lura (Creator)
- Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
- Created / Published
- Laurel Fork, Virginia
- Subject Headings
- - Quilting
- - Quilt patterns
- - lone star quilts
- - star 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: GJ: Do you ever just use straight diagonal lines or by the piece or by the fan? / LS: I can't quilt a straight line! / GJ: You can't? [laughter] / LS: You know, a straight line is hard to draw even. But you can make curved lines and so forth and they don't show up on a quilt. But I can't, some people can make straight lines, but I can't. You know, when I quilt in straight lines, they are not the same distance apart, or something's wrong with 'em. They don't look straight. So I don't, I don't think straight lines. They, that's hard to do, to make a straight line. / GJ: So you've never quilted diagonally, or in straight up and down. / LS: Yeah, I did one time. A Lone Star quilt. I quilted, quilted around each diamond and then the rest of the quilt accordingly. I saw one of those, somewhere. It was done real well, in straight lines. I guess you could do that, maybe, but, I, I try, I stay away from straight lines, if I can. Cause they show a, show up too bad if they's a crook in 'em. / GJ: Do ever quilt in a fan? / LS: I used to a long time ago, but I don't any more. / GJ: Why not> / LS: I think the, quilting with the piece and then filling in with a pretty design is more attractive. / GJ: Nobody's ever told you that the fan was, not / LS: Well, I think the fan's pretty, but I, it's hard to get those the same distance apart. And the kind of quilts that I piece, most of 'em, I join with squares a lot. And, that doesn't lend itself to fans as much. I have nothing against fan quilting. I think they're pretty. If they're done well. / GJ: But basically, you do by the piece / LS: Yeah / GJ: Filling in with fancy / LS: Fancy quilting, yeah, uh huh. And I work that out to suit the quilt. You remember that star quilt in there, that orange, brown quilt. I worked, I had to do a lot of thinking about that quilt to fill it all in. And I did it just, that could have been fan, I guess, but I preferred it otherwise.
- - 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-R106
- Source Collection
- Blue Ridge Parkway Folklife Project Collection (AFC 1982/009)
- American Folklife Center
- Online Format
Rights assessment is your responsibility.
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
More about Copyright and other Restrictions
For guidance about compiling full citations consult Citing Primary Sources.
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 can't quilt a straight line!". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000194/. (Accessed January 19, 2017.)
APA citation style:
Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "I can't quilt a straight line!". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000194/.
MLA citation style:
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I can't quilt a straight line!". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/qlt000194/>.