Audio Recording "This was when we quilted on the seam."

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"This was when we quilted on the seam."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  drunkard's path 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: The Drunkard's Path. When did you make that? / LS: That's been made, I expect, ten, ten years, fifteen maybe, ten years, at least ten years ago. Ten or fifteen years ago. And that was when I, when we, quilted on the seam. That one is quilted on the seams, and you don't see the quilting. And then I changed from that to quilting so that you could see the quilting. / GJ: Why did you change? / LS: Well, I think, don't you think it adds to the quilt to see the quilting? If you make long stitches, then if you quilt on the seam it doesn't show up your stitches as much. But, if you do fairly decent stitching, then it, I think it probably looks better to show your quilting. / GJ: And now how far away from the seam do you try to quilt? / LS: It's hard to say. I've never measured. Sometimes it's farther away in some places than these others. [laughter] I'd say from a eighth to a fourth of an inch. It, it depends on your seam. Sometimes you can't get your needle through right close. You see you have to leave some seam to hold your raw edge, in other words. You know what, do you know what I'm talking about? And sometimes that's so thick that you have to get a little farther away in order to get your needle, needle through it. It's according to how much raw edge you had under there and you have to have enough to hold your piecing together. So it'll hold a seam, because I do my piecing by hand mostly. And, and on a sewing machine you would have to do the same thing. You'd have to have a raw edge, inside your work.
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Sound tape reel : 7 in.
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1982/009: BR8-GJ-R108
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. "This was when we quilted on the seam.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "This was when we quilted on the seam.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.