Bachelor's Puzzle


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-2518

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan Quilt Project
InstInvContrNumF004
10.0144

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
Bachelor's Puzzle
AltNameF011
The Pinwheel, Building Blocks, Road to Jerusalem
BrackmanF011a
2537
AddNotesF132
Esther kept a photo scrapbook from 1988-1998, the first ten years of her quilting period. Many of the photos have completion dates listed on the back. Esther had six living children, 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. They currently live in nine states and two countries. Each one of them owns at least one of Esther's quilts. Her usual method of operation was to stack each quilt, as it was completed, on a bed in the guest room. When we came to visit, we would often be asked to view all the quilts in a bed turning. Then Esther might say, "Please pick one out for your bed...or for your girls....or for your husband." Sometimes should would arrive at a birthday or Christmas party with a wrapped quilt. Perhaps 10% of the time she would design a quilt with a specific person and a specific color scheme in mind. I know that years might go by before a quilt on the bed was actually given to a new owner. In September of 2009, five months before she died and living in an assisted living facility, she asked us to go to her home and choose quilts to give to any of the great-grandchildren who hadn't already received one. She asked us to decide who should receive any other quilts still there.
DateDataF006b
7/28/2010
QuiltTopF054
Bode, Esther Amanda
QuiltedByF055
Bode, Esther Amanda
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
LocMadeF057a
Saginaw
ProvCountyF057b
Saginaw
ProvStateF057d
Michigan (MI)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateFinishF023b
before Oct. 2005

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

ReasonsF060
Gift or presentation
GenderF098
Female
CityF106a
Saginaw
CountyF106
Saginaw
StateF107
Michigan (MI)
CountryF108
United States
MaidenF097b
Gruendemann
BirthDateF099
2/4/1919
BirthplaceCityF098a
Forrestville
BirthplaceStateF098b
Wisconsin
BirthplaceCountryF098d
United States
DeathF100
2/27/2010
EthnicF101
German
EdBkgdF102
HS: Powers-Spaulding HS, Upper Penninsula, MI College: Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN
RelAffF103
Wisconsin Lutheran Synod
OccupationF104
Elementary school teacher
FatherNameF109
Gruedemann, August
MotherNameF111
Gruedemann, Hermine Detjen
MarriageF099b
6/10/1942
SpouseF113
Bode, Roland Arthur Otto
OccupationF115
Lutheran school teacher and principal, local representative for AAL insurance, now Thrivent
NoChildF116
7
NoFemF116a
6
NoMaleF116b
1
LearnedToQuiltF117
From TV show
Self-Taught
WhenQuiltF118
Age 50 or over
WhyQuiltF119
Gifts
Pleasure
OtherF119a
Esther was completely self-taught, using the help of quilting shows on TV. She videotaped many of the programs; I have the tapes. Esther stopped quilting at age 88 because of cripple fingers.
NumQuiltsF123
more than 50
SellQuiltF127
no
TeachF129
no

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
57"
OverallLengthF012b
74"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Blue
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
12
SizeBlockF027
14" x 14"
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Separated by sashing with cornerstones or connecting blocks
SashWidthF032
1 1/2"
BlockStyleF030a
Squares
NumBlockPatF030
1

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
3
BordDescF034
sides, 1 1/2”, 1 1/4”, 1 1/2” continuation of sashing top and bottom, 2 1/4”, 1 1/4”, 1 1/2”
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
ConstrucF038
Machine Piecing
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040b
Cream
NumPiecesF042
1
DescBackF043
Solid/plain

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
UniqueBindF045a
She had her own unique style of binding, which I have not seen done anywhere else. Her method was to cut four strips of fabric on the grain, 3" wide. On one long side, she would iron under 1/4". She would attach the other long side to the quilt folding the top and bottom raw edges under at each end. This left a little pocket in the ends of the last two strips sewn on, and many a child loved sitting on a mother's lap, thumb in mouth, with a finger tucked into one of the four tiny pockets in Grandma Bode's quilt.
ConstrucBindF046
Straight grain
MatUsedF048
Polyester
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
NumStitchedF050
5
NumStitchF051
5
DesignF052a
In-the-ditch

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

SourceMatF063
Purchased new
TopSourceF064
Traditional pattern variation
OthTopSourceF064a
Although she did not create the block designs, she drafted the blocks to the sizes she wanted and designed the way the blocks would be assembled into the quilt. Only a handful of quilting magazines from the early 90s were found in her home. She owned a book called 1,001 Patchwork Designs by Maggie Malone (Sterling Publishing Co., 1982). It was a gift from her daughter Lorna Bode Fryer in the spring of 1991. The names for the blocks that she wrote on the backs of many quilts match the names for blocks in that book. This seems to have been overwhelmingly primary source for block designs.
ExhibitListF067a
Quilt Retrospective honoring Esther A. Bode, quiltmaker; Saturday, June 6, 2009; St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
RelItemsF088a
Self-published Shutterfly book, "Mama's Quilts"

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Daughter of quiltmaker
OwnershipF082
Private
OwnerNameF082a
John and Liz Schroeder
OwnerCityF084
Perrysburg
OwnerCountyF085
Wood
OwnerStateF086
Ohio (OH)
OwnerCountryF086b
United States
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
From the maker Esther A. Bode
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Data Verification

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yes
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Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
3
15
2011
CE

Extra Fields

IfQownerF007b
Received as a gift
DateObtainedF088c
7/28/2010
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight

Historical and Cultural Information About this Quilt

FavesF130
Esther had her quilt frame set up in the basement, each of the four boards supported by the rungs of ladder-back chairs. She did not baste the entire body of the quilt. She attached the quilt backing to the frame with large thumbtacks, and then spread out the batting and finally the quilt top, before securing the edges and rolling up the two long sides. The hand quilting was Esther's favorite step of the entire process. Esther normally quilted everything in the ditch. She often quilted diamonds in the sashing.

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
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10.0144
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SourceF077
Digital
HolderF080a
MSU Board of Trustees
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Courtesy of MSU Museum
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