We shall visit today, yet another quilt, from my family collection of quilts. This too, is a quilt that was owned by grt. grandma, Ann Elston Krout-Scearce. This one has so much character, I hardly know where to begin. This one I especially like, because it shows all manner of stitches, and varying skill levels.
The only other explanation for the difference, is that she may have been teaching a group of young girls how to quilt. This is entirely possible, as she had a daughter Caroline, that would have been at the right age, to have assisted, with her school chums, in the quilting of this quilt.
This brings to mind the old saying, " If quilts could only talk!"
I like to think of those ladies, sitting around this quilt, sewing away, while chatting about the latest news, or gossip. Sewing Circles were a very large part of the, "Social Network," of their day, and would have been a welcome break, for the ladies, in a small town like Noblesville, Indiana or Mosier, Oregon, back in those pioneer days.
Don't ask me who that is, since there were Evans' in both Noblesville, and Mosier. Maybe someone out there, will recognize someone in this picture. If you do, please send a comment.
On the back, the following is written: Dedication of the Service & Honor Flags, May 13, 1918, Mosier, Oregon. Compliments of A.W. Ehrlich, Chairman of L L Board.
If you look at the service flag closely, behind the head of the fourth girl from the right, you will see part of the name. It is R.J. Scearce, the next name over, which she is blocking, is R.G. Scearce. These are Robert John and younger brother, Richard Gregg Scearce. Grandma Maryann Hanners, father, "Dick" Sceace, and his brother, "R.J."
It would seem that sewing in Mosier, was alive and well, at least it was in 1918. The flag looks very well made too.
Note: I checked my family tree records, and found that none of the quilts belonging to grt. grandma, Anne Scearce, could have been made in the 1930's, because she died in Hood River, Oregon, September 23, 1927. Thus by mere deduction, it places the age of the quilts, prior to the date of her death.