Audio Recording "I usually fold 'em and put 'em on the foot of my bed."

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"I usually fold 'em and put 'em on the foot of my bed."
Contributor Names
Johnson, Geraldine Niva, 1940- (Interviewer)
Stanley, Lura (Creator)
Stanley, Lura (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Laurel Fork, Virginia
Subject Headings
-  Quilt patterns
-  aesthetics
-  star quilts
-  rolling 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: That is rather a small quilt. I didn't get that quite as large as I would like to have it. / GJ: Yeah, well it's sure beautiful. What do you use them for? Do you use them as spreads, or do you actually use them as quilts? / LS: No, I never, I very seldom ever use 'em as quilts. I have others that I use as quilts. I usually fold 'em and put 'em on the foot of my bed. And sometimes I use 'em as spreads. But I have wallpaper in my spare bedroom, and it doesn't go too well. Some of those quilts don't go too well in there. I made the mistake of papering my, flowers against flowers sometimes doesn't go so well. And, I have one quilt, the quilt that I showed you, the Ocean Waves. It goes well on, as a spread in there. Now I tried that one, that they have in their hands there now, as a spread, but, it didn't go too well in my bedroom. / GJ: Oh, is that right? With the bold colors and everything? What do you call that one now? / LS: [laughter] I call it the Rolling Star. I don't know what it is. / GJ: The Rolling Star. / LS: I copied that from an old quilt. / GJ: Uh huh. Oh, you did, from an old quilt? / LS: Yes, I copied that pattern from an old quilt, and so I don't know what it was, was, but I, the old quilt, the, the squares in it were, you know what I mean by squares, don't you? They were smaller than that, but that was about as small as I thought I could make them. And I think it's, uh, uh, pretty well proportioned, don't you? / GJ: Oh, absolutely. That's beautiful. / LS: Now I made that quilt winter before last. / GJ: Oh, you did. Just a couple of years ago. / LS: Uh huh. I saw that quilt, and, and started it just before Christmas, and finished it. But I thought I would never get that one quilted. Because it takes an hour and a half, takes me an hour and a half, to make one of those feather scrolls, feather wreathes, I call 'em, there, that you quilt on both sides of the circle, you see. / GJ: Um hmm. Now that's different than some of the feather scrolls you make. Cause some / LS: That's more work on it. When I made my daughter the Turkey Track quilt, I quilted like that. I said I'd never quilt another one, but, that, adapted itself to that, and I broke down and did it again.
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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. "I usually fold 'em and put 'em on the foot of my bed.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio.

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Johnson, Geraldine Niva, Lura Stanley, and Lura Stanley. "I usually fold 'em and put 'em on the foot of my bed.". Laurel Fork, Virginia, 1978. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.