Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Michigan
77” x 86”
Photo by Mark Eifert, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
Mary Atkins grew up in rural Arkansas and was about eight years
old when she learned to quilt from her mother who made quilts for
family use. According to Atkins, her mother taught her and her sisters
to quilt in order to keep them out of mischief after they finished
school or after doing their chores on the family farm. "There
was no playing after work, but I'd sit down on a stool and begin
piecing." Mary Atkins even found inspiration for this design
when she saw a bedcovering in a television advertisement for waterbeds.
It is unknown why the quilter titled this "Stove Eye."
Lakes, Great Quilts