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"Beauty is to the eye of the beholder."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  aesthetics
-  double wedding ring quilts
-  wedding ring 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: I used to do a little oil painting, and I've always loved art, so forth, so I guess I, my eye, beauty is to the beholder, you know, to the eye of the beholder. And I like, I like any kind of beautiful, art work, and I'd say that's what these / GJ: That's what those are, that's for sure. / LS: Now, you were asking me yesterday, about what it took to make a good quilt. Now look at that Wedding Ring, how I have fitted those in to those little squares. / GJ: You've done a really nice job on that. / LS: And if they were all irregular, you can see that it wouldn't be the beauty that you see there. Do you see a thing a beauty in that quilt, Mrs. Johnson? / GJ: Oh, absolutely, absolutely. A thing of beauty and a lot of work, and just, yeah, absolutely. It's definitely a thing of beauty. / LS: Well, I, I hope you're glad that you found me, but you wouldn't have never found me if, if it had been me asking someone to come. It wouldn't have, you wouldn't have found me. Because, I am one of these that's, I don't know whether the word is modest or not, but I don't advertise my things that I do that much. I would like to do one sometime in color, but I like the cream background for quilts, because I was telling her that white turns yellow with ages. And I hope my quilts are here for the twentieth, twenty-first, this is the twentieth century, isn't it. Twenty-first century, and maybe, maybe longer, if they're taken care of. I want my people to use my quilts, but use but not abuse. Use but not abuse.
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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. "Beauty is to the eye of the beholder.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed October 23, 2016.)

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Johnson, G. N., Stanley, L. & Stanley, L. (1978) "Beauty is to the eye of the beholder.". Laurel Fork, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "Beauty is to the eye of the beholder.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.