Audio Recordings "My granddaughter is real interested in crafts."

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"My granddaughter is real interested in crafts."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  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 quilt with your family at all? / LS: No. Yes, I do I've quilted with my granddaughter. My granddaughter is, is real interested in crafts, different things that, I have taught her to knit and to crochet, and also I'm a, teaching her to piece quilts. But she's real busy, and she's grown up, and she doesn't have the time any more that she did when she was growing up. She's sixteen now, and she's, takes part in a whole lot of sports, and many activities, and she doesn't have the time anymore. But when she gets, in a problem in knitting or something, she comes to me for help. And she's, I've taught her to do those things and then she can do 'em better than I. / GJ: That means you're a good teacher, doesn't it? / LS: Well, I don't know. She's, I think it means a talented person, too. But now, quilting and piecing quilts is, it takes more than a month, and more than a year to be a good, good at that. I think you, that takes kindly a period of a few year. And a whole lot of interest in it. I think you, really have to have interest. But when Mary sees my quilts that I make, she says, Oh, I believe I'll make that one. But she doesn't have the time. You know, there's so much a-going on this day and time, that we, sometimes don't have time to, do the things we'd like to do. / GJ: How have you started her, to say, teach her how to make a quilt? What were some of the first things you tried to show her how to do? / LS: First I taught her how to piece a square. I taught her, first taught her with making a pillow. And quilting a pillow. Piecing a pillow, you know, some pretty design for a pillow, and then quilting that. Quilting the pillow. But Mary hasn't done a great deal of quilting. She would love to, but she, she hasn't yet. / GJ: So you taught her how to piece a square? And make a pillow and then quilt it? / LS: I helped her cut the design out and to piece it, yes. / GJ: Have you helped her to work on quilting at all? Has she worked on any of your quilts that you've had in a frame or anything? / LS: No, no. She hasn't helped me. I've taught her some, but it, she, she saw that it was more difficult, just to watch somebody it looks easy, but when you do it yourself. Mary hasn't learned how to use a thimble, and you absolutely have to wear, use a thim, know how to use a thimble before you can quilt. Or piece quilts, I'd say. I can remember when I, my mother told me, I needn't to try to piece quilts if I didn't learn to use a thimble, so I had to learn to use a thimble. And that is something you have to learn, to use a thimble, you can't just pick up a thimble and come handy. Do you use, do you use a thimble? / GJ: Do I? / LS: Yes. / GJ: Ahm, not very much, no. / LS: Well, see, that, that, you have to learn. I can't even sew a button on a garment without a thimble. It's just something, after you get used to using a thimble, you, you've just, you can't piece quilts or quilt without a thimble. So when you learn to use it. Anybody can wear one, but use it. Use it to punch your needles through. You'd have fingers a-bleeding if you didn't use a thimble. / GJ: Now I guess your fingers get pretty tender as it is. / LS: Yes, it does. Where your, where your needle comes through, you get it, this first finger, you get it all pricked up.
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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. "My granddaughter is real interested in crafts.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed December 09, 2016.)

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