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Log Cabin Friendship
Relatives, neighbors, and friends of the Hershberger family
Woodland, Barry County, Michigan
84” x 96”
MSUM 6794.1, Gift of Carolyn Oberman
Photo by KEVA, all rights reserved Michigan State University Museum

Made as a gift to Loren and Mary Hershberger and their 4 children when they moved from Woodland Township, Michigan to Liberty Mills, Indiana. Donor Carolyn Oberman relates this about the quilt,


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. The fabric used was whatever the women had on hand at the time, from the 1920s or earlier.

I have talked to 3 of the women whose names are on one of the blocks, but unfortunately none of them can recall little or nothing about the making of the quilt. They all said "Oh dear, that was so long ago." One woman did remember some of the fabric she used in her block - "I made a shirt for one of my boys from this" - but did not remember sewing the block. She also remembered the presentation which was made at an evening farewell gathering held at the home of the Hershberger family shortly before they left the community, but could not remember if speeches were made or if food was served.

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