Betty Harriman blocks, Mary Schafer finishing
Bunceton, Cooper County, MO and Flushing, Genesee County, MI
Cotton with polyester filling
80 1/2" x 97 1/4"
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State
Mary participated in numerous "round robins," the practice
of swapping patterns with others through the mail. Through these
exchanges of packages and letters, important friendships were formed
and Mary became a part of an active network of quilters. Among Mary's
correspondents were Joy Craddock of Dension, Texas, publisher of
the 4J's; Glenna Boyd, publisher of Aunt Kate's Quilting Bee; Dolores
Hinson, one of the founders of the National Quilt Association; and
quilt historian Cuesta Benberry.
One of Mary's strongest friendships to grow out of the round robin
exchanges was with Betty Harriman of Bunceton, Missouri. They never
met in person, but their friendship flourished first through an
exchange of letters and later through regular telephone converstations.
The pair frequently worked on the same quilt design, each creating
their own interpretation of a pattern. Following Betty's death in
1971, Mary purchased Betty's unfinished quilts and quilting ephemera
from her family. Mary has completed at least sixteen of Betty's
unfinished quilts. Bringing Betty's projects to completion continued
Mary's tie to her friend.
By Mary Worrall from American
Quilts from Michigan State University Museum