Audio Recording "This quilt I gave to my grandson."

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"This quilt I gave to my grandson."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Gifts
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt tops
-  quilt lining
-  quilt binding
-  star quilts
-  wishing star 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: LS: This is the Wishing Star, is what I call it, the Wishing Star. And it has, right much quilting on it. / GJ: It sure does. It's beautiful. This is the Wishing Star. It's done in blues. What kinds of fabrics are those? / LS: Well, the middle of that square is cotton. Those calicos, those prints are cotton, but the outside is poly woven polyester, because I couldn't get a blue that, I couldn't find any cotton that would match it, and that was all I could find. I made that quilt last winter. / GJ: Oh, you did that / LS: That last winter. And it's hard to find cottons. And, but I prefer cottons to anything else, but it's hard to find 'em sometimes. / GJ: Now what kind of quilting is that in, in the, in the white blocks? What do you call that pattern? / LS: I call it the feather, feather wreath, is what I call it, but it may have another name. And, I filled in the center, you can, you can have different ways of doing it. You see, I blocked the center of it. Instead of making it, the feathers on both sides of the circle, I blocked it in. Little faster. / GJ: And you used a printed back on this one? / LS: Yes, I used a printed back to, so my stitches didn't, you, you make longer stitches on the back than you do your front. And, the long stitches don't show up quite as much. Maybe I should say the longer stitches doesn't show up quite as much on a printed back. And I thought the printed back went well with the, with the front, too. Most of that front is plain material, so a printed back I thought looked well with it. / GJ: And then this time you turned your back up to the top when you finished. / LS: Yes, I used it as the binding. / GJ: Why did you do that? / LS: Well, it was convenient, [laughter] and I was trying to finish two quilts for Christmas presents, and, and that had a nice border on it, and so that was a, easiest, quickest way to do. And it makes a nice border, to do that. / GJ: It surely does. Now who does this quilt belong to? / LS: This quilt I gave to my grandson. For, for Christmas. For his Christmas gift. I didn't have the, those squares finished when I gave it to him, but I quilted around the, the stars, and had everything finished except that big square there. And I told him, says I hadn't finished it but I would give it him, and get it back and finish it. And that's why I have it. I finished it but never have given it back to him. But he lives close by. He knows where it is. [laughter] / GJ: He doesn't worry about it. Is blue his, one of his favorite colors? Is that why you chose that for him? / LS: Well, yes and no. I thought it suited a man better than pink.
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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 quilt I gave to my grandson.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "This quilt I gave to my grandson.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "This quilt I gave to my grandson.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.