Audio Recording "I want to make some pillows."

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"I want to make some pillows."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Gifts
-  quilt tops
-  income
-  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: But now this is, this is hundred percent cotton, this red is. Now this would make a pretty quilt together, you see. / GJ: It would, wouldn't it? / LS: Red, and, that little red. You can match 'em up when you don't use very many colors in 'em. Different types of material, you can match 'em up. That red and yellow would go real well together because that has red in it. And that would just, this would go well with that. / GJ: With the red too, yeah. / LS: That's cotton. I found that in the five-and-ten-cent store. / GJ: Is that right? / LS: And it was, about a dollar a yard, that was a good buy, there, that was. / GJ: Yeah. / LS: But you see all this is small prints. Now that's the old time calico-like material, / GJ: Yeah, just real small prints, huh? / LS: Well, in cutting small squares, a big print doesn't adapt itself as well as the small print. Now your blouse that you have on would be pretty in a quilt. [laughter] / GJ: So those are all the fabrics you'll be putting in a quilt? / LS: Uh, soon. I, I want to make some pillows. My daughter has a birthday coming up and I'm going to be late getting pillows. But I want to piece pillows. I think they're beautiful. They had some at the craft shop up at Meadows of Dan that were real pretty. Twelve dollars. And I can make 'em, of course, for little or nothing. But your work goes in 'em. But I wanted to make some pillows but I haven't got into it.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R107
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 want to make some pillows.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "I want to make some pillows.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I want to make some pillows.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.