Log Cabin Friendship, Log Cabin Album
Quilter Group: South Woodland Church of the Brethren
Others: Relatives, neighbors, and friends of the Hershberger family
Location Made: Woodland, Michigan (MI)
Project Name: Michigan State University Museum Collection
Contributor: Michigan State University Museum
ID Number: 89.0058
Layout Format: Block pattern
Quilt Size: 84" x 96"
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Other Notes: Although I never had a chance to talk to her about it, I am certain that Olive Blocher, my grandmother, had the idea of making the quilt for her daughter when she was about to move far away, and Grandma took the responsibility of seeing that the blocks were made, set together, and quilted., This Friendship or Album, quilt was made during the latter part of 1931 to March of 1932. It was a farewell gift to Loren and Mary Hershberger and their 4 children, Carolyn, David, Joann, and Barbara who were moving from Woodland, Michigan to Liberty Mills, Indiana. The family was well-known and active in the community and the gift was a mark of the esteem in which they were held. Mary had been born and lived all her life in the area and Loren had lived there with his parents and siblings since the age of 16. Most of the Log Cabin blocks were pieced and their names embroidered in the center by women of the congregation of the South Woodland Church of the Brethren and a few were made by other close neighbors and friends.
Families in this Woodland Twp. area were close-knit, hard-working, God-fearing farmers, and mostly of German descent. At the time the quilt was made some of the farm homes had electricity and indoor plumbing but many did not. The horse and buggy was long gone and although horses were still commonly used in the fields, everyone had a car. However many of the women never learned to drive and depended on their husbands or a neighbor women who did drive to take them shopping, to the Aid Society meeting, or to a freind's house to visit and quilt in the afternoon. The telelphone was a boon and benefit to these women whose social life revolved mainly around their church or school activities. I well remember the long phone conversations of my grandmother as she exchanged local news, recipes, or planned a church supper. It was a community of women who vied for the chance to proudly say later on a Monday morning "I had my wash on the line by 7 o'clock." This in a day when, though they had a gasoline Maytag washer, water had to be heated on a wood stove and white clothes boiled in a copper boiler.
My mother hardly ever used the quilt. Only when there was infrequent overnight company, would the quilt be brought out of the cedar chest and spread on the spare bed. I doubt if it was even washed as long as Mother owned it.
Inscription: Top row: Edith Blocher, Ida Flory, Sarah Fisher, C.F. (Cora Flanigan), Gladys Sandbrook, Ruth Hershberger, Mary Townsend. Second row: Clara Blocher, Mary Clum, Echo Flanigan, Emma M. Wotring, Arlie Spindler and Girls, Myrtle Wotring, Maggie Kantner. Third row: Kathryn Townsend, Ethyle Smith, Phoebe Oaks, Mary Fisher, Mary E. Teeter 1932, Susie Oaks, Josephine Wise. Fourth row: Clara E. Smith, Susie Fisher, Minnie Baker, Father Blocher, Gertrude Strong, Bessie Woodman, Mildred Brooks. Fifth row: Lovell Milford, Glenna Blocher, Mother Blocher, Sarah Smith, Rev. J.M. Smith, Thelma Kantner, Cornelia Wise. Sixth row: Grace Lucas, Caroline S., Nellie Townsend, Harley Townsend, Pastor Wilma and Jay (Dittman), Audra Densmore. Seventh row: Fern Mahler, Margaret Densmore, DeVault Family, Aunt Sadie (Hershberger), Celia Townsend, Loretta DeVault, Etta Smith Eighth row: Iva Kantner, Neva Kantner, Cora Wise, Edith Black, Ann Kahler, Ruth E. Scudder, Nevah & Estella Farlee.
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South Woodland Church of the Brethren. Log Cabin Friendship. 1932. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=MichiganMSUMuseum-a0a0a2-a. Accessed: 11/23/2014