Audio Recording "What makes a quilt attractive?"

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"What makes a quilt attractive?"
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  aesthetics
-  hand 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: What makes a quilt attractive, do you think? / LS: What makes a quilt attractive? Many things. Workmanship, and the colors, and what else? I said many things, and I've just come up with two things. The colors and workmanship. / GJ: What kinds of colors? What about the colors? / LS: The colors, I think bright colors go well, and colors that blend together. / GJ: And what about the workmanship. / LS: That's, workmanship is good quilting. Small stitches, and smooth, and even, and so forth. And piecing a quilt, the workmanship has a lot to do with it. Hand done, sewed by hand, and, and, pressed and ironed out well before you put it together, and, and, many things, sure enough, goes into it. Little details. Your pieces meet where they should and, and so forth. / GJ: Your corners where the, where the pattern comes together, they should / LS: Should, yes, uh huh. / GJ: What do you look for when you see other people's quilts at a quilt shop or something? What's the first thing you look for? / LS: Well, the first thing I look at the colors. You know, whether it's attractive or not. Pretty, bright colors, blending together. Then, when I look at it closer, I usually look and see the kind of quilting they've done. I don't like long stitches on quilts. And I try to see if it's hand done, whether it was pieced by hand or not. But that doesn't make any difference if it's, as much difference if it's put together well. And, just a good job.
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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 makes a quilt attractive?". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "What makes a quilt attractive?". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "What makes a quilt attractive?". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.