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Growing up as a child in Pt. Pleasant my mother and I were especially close, since I was the only girl with 5 older brothers. She taught me sewing very early in life, which was very necessary in that day and time. Sewing was practical, necessary and rewarding for that generation.
The “Improved Nine Patch” was one of the first quilt blocks I learned to sew, after learning to match the 5 printed blocks with the 4 plain blocks to make a square. A lot of feed sacks were used, with it being very important that all colors matched because we all
knew the quilts were to be used for a long time. A great deal of trading went on between neighbors and friends to get just the right match and everyone helped each other with colors, sewing and quilting. Some of the first quilts I helped with were hand tied with a
cotton blanket in the center for batting, or as a lining for the quilt.
Over the years my desire to make quilts has been fulfilled many times, but the nine patch has long been a favorite of mine. I have pieced several blocks of this quilt from leftover material from our girl’s dresses, some from draperies, curtains and other quilts that were made and given to family members.
The 9 Patch Pattern is one of the oldest in the “old-time” quilting records. It can be set vertically, horizontally or diagonally; it can be mixed prints or patterns or, one of a kind. There was a dress factory in Pt. Pleasant during the l940’s and local quilt makers went
there and purchased (or was given, if there was an abundance of fabric) left-over prints from the mass cuttings of the house-dresses that were produced. It really was one of the biggest assets to the city at the time. Some of the prints my mother received from that
factory are in this quilt.
Bob and I are fortunate to have received several quilts from Bob’s mother, Letha Wood. They are especially beautiful and cherished. In the l950’s and 60’s there were no kingsized beds so some of the quilts are small for today’s beds. This quilt should be large
enough for the queen/king size.
This past week, I completed another 9 Patch quilt, and think it is as pretty as practical for every day use; that is the reason for the machine quilting. Bob & I both hope whoever wins the quilt, will think of the history of this great pattern and enjoy it. Remember, “He who sleeps under a quilt, sleeps under love.”