Log Cabin Friendship


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-FFF

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
89.0058
InstInvContrNumF004a
6794.1

Page 1

OwnerNameF010
Log Cabin Friendship
AltNameF011
Log Cabin Album
AddNotesF132
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.
DateDataF006b
8/27/1988
QuiltTopF054QuiltedByF055OthPeopleF056
Relatives, neighbors, and friends of the Hershberger family
MakerGroupNameF097
South Woodland Church of the Brethren
UniqueF104b
Quiting was the main activity along with some rag rug sewing. Often the quilt in progress had been pieced by a woman who had asked the group to quilt it for her and the money earned was used for the church or for mission work. The group also tied comfort
LocMadeF057a
Woodland
ProvCountyF057b
Barry
ProvStateF057d
Michigan (MI)
DateQuiltF023
1930-1949
DateBegunF023a
1931
DateFinishF023b
1932

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

ReasonsF060OtherF060a
Made a gift to Loren and Mary Hershberger and their 4 children when they moved from Woodland Township, Michigan to Liberty Mills, Indiana.
PresUseF062
Museum collection
GenderF098
Group
CityF106a
Woodland Township
CountyF106
Barry
StateF107
Michigan (MI)
EnviroF104c
Rural
EdBkgdF102
Most were German.
RelAffF103
All but 15 of the 56 names belonged to the South Woodland Church of the Brethren.
OccupationF104
Most were farmers.
MarriageF099bSpouseF113LearnedToQuiltF117WhenQuiltF118WhyQuiltF119LocGroupF121
Meetings were held once a month in the member's homes.

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
84"
OverallLengthF012b
96"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014QuiltSpecColorF014aOverallColorF14b
Multicolor
OverCondF015
Good/moderate use
TypeInscripF019
Multiple Names
ContInscripF020
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.
MethodInscripF021
Embroidery
LocInscripF022
on block
LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
56
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Side by side
BlockStyleF030a

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
2 1/2"
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabricTypeF036FabPrintF037ConstrucF038bConstrucF038dConstrucF038gEmbMatF039FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton
ColorBackingF040bNumPiecesF042
4
DescBackF043

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044FabStrucF045ConstrucBindF046WidthBindF047
less than a half inch
QuiltTechF049
Hand quilting
NumStitchedF050
9
NumStitchF051
11
DesignF052aDesignF052bDesignF052c

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

SourceMatF063
Sewing scraps
OthSourceF063a
The fabric used was whatever the women had on hand at the time, from the 1920s or earlier.
TopSourceF064

Page 7-Owner Information

OwnershipF082
Public- Michigan State University Museum
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
AcquiredF058
Gift
ProvenanceF058a
9-6-88, Carolyn Oberman, donor
QuiltHistF059
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.
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CopyRestF080c
Michigan State University Museum

Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Donaldson, Beth
dateverified
11
16
2007
CE

Extra Fields

IfQownerF007b
Received as a gift
SourceOtherF006a
Museum employee
DateObtainedF088c
8/27/1988
DamageF016RepairsF017ShapeCornersF013b
Rounded

Historical and Cultural Information About this Quilt

IfQmakerF007aPartDesF007cPattSourceF065FavesF130
Large frames, most often homemade, with side rails and end pieces clamped or tied at the corners. My grandmother, Olive Blocher, had a frame custom made about 1930 or perhaps a little earlier from a pattern from the Stearns & Foster Company, costing 20 cents with a coupon from their Mountain Mist batting cover. I now have and use that frame.
OtherSourceMat
Two photos of Ladies Aid Society of the South Woodland Brethren Church. Letter from family who received the quilt from the congregation.Photos of quilter

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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
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
InvenNumF075
6794.1
ImageConF075a
Quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Slide
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KEVA
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum
CreditLineF080b
Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum
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Michigan State University Museum
DisplayResF080e
Michigan State University Museum
LicenseF080f
Michigan State University Museum

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