Sunbonnet Sue: Her Rise and Fall

My mother married in 1930, just as the Great Depression descended upon our country like locusts on a cornfield. Her life in the Dust Bowl area included a Hooverville, The Black Hand, midwife delivery of my older brother, and feed sack material for hand sewing. While my father worked six …

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Irish Patchwork: Piecing Frugality and Necessity

“When life gives you scraps, Make quilts” -anonymous My mother’s diary is filled with entries describing the latest finished quilt square that she hand-stitched in cabin camps, tents and a tiny wooden trailer while moving from job to job with my father during the 1930’s Dust Bowl. As a young …

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Freedom Quilts: Piecing Escape on the Underground Railroad

“Quilts are active agents in history and vivid storytellers.” (Click the text above to learn about Macia Fuller and her Underground Railroad quilts.) Women with needles. Creating maps and codes. Freeing countless precious souls from slavery. One group of stitchers was the Quakers who ran the safe houses, or stations …

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