Audio Recordings "What are some of your favorite patterns?"

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"What are some of your favorite patterns?"
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  log cabin quilts
-  patchwork quilts
-  nine patch quilts
-  double wedding ring quilts
-  wedding ring quilts
-  turkey track quilts
-  lone star quilts
-  star quilts
-  tumbling star quilts
-  Dresden plate quilts
-  grapes and leaves quilts
-  Ohio rose quilts
-  rolling star quilts
-  rose 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: What are some of your favorite piecing patterns? / LS: Well, I think one of the most beautiful I ever done is the Turkey Track pattern. I made that tiny one for my daughter, nine-inch squares, and it was beautiful. But the one I made for Ralph, my grandson, is a fourteen-inch square, and I'd love for you to see that. Well, it's, it has a curve in it, that's awful real hard to piece. But it, it's one of my favorite, yes. I like the Dresden Plate, too. And also the Wedding Ring, I've always loved Wedding ring quilts, Double Wedding Ring quilts. I'd like to make another one. / GJ: They're hard, aren't they? / LS: Yes, they are very difficult, uh, to get fitted together well, so that they, look good. You have to fit 'em just right, make every seam match. / GJ: What others are your favorites? / LS: I like the Lone Star, but I haven't made one for a long time. I want to make one if I can ever get my plain colors together. They've got's pretty. / GJ: Do you ever the plain one called just the Nine of Diamonds? Or the Nine Patch? / LS: I've seen that, and I've thought about making it. I think the Log Cabin is beautiful, but I've never got up the nerve to make it. I don't think I could get some dark to light like some people do. It's a beautiful quilt. Beautiful. I, I've seen some beautiful ones. / GJ: Yeah, they are pretty. Do you ever applique quilts? / LS: Yes. I've appliqued, well, in fact, I appliqued around that Tumbling Star, you know, made the border, that's applique. / GJ: What are the other applique ones? / LS: The Grape, Grapes and Leaves, I did that. And the Ohio Rose. / GJ: And that, the red and green one there is appliqued, isn't it? / LS: Yes, that's, I call it the Rolling Star, I don't know what it is. It, it's appliqued, the border is.
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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. "What are some of your favorite patterns?". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed February 26, 2017.)

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