This quilt is estimated to be made in the 1940’s by Eula. There are clues that help identify the time period:
- the fabrics used, their colors and patterns
- the wear, tear, and aging of the quilt
- the type of batting or filling in between the top and bottom (some now exposed, see detail photo)
Eula Mae HOLDER LINN sewed strips of fabrics onto 7 x 8 newspaper rectangles for each square in the quilt top. This method is called ‘paper piecing’ or ‘foundation piecing’. After sewing the fabric onto the paper pattern, the edges would be trimmed and the newspaper torn away. The backing fabric of the quilt appears to be off white muslin. Batting is the middle layer between the top and back and then ‘quilted’ or stitched to hold it all together.
Many of the fabrics have the tell – tale signs of having been manufactured in the 1930’s; the smallish patterns with a ‘halo’ of white background surrounding it. It was around this time that the fugitive (fading) properties of colors were being overcome.
Scraps are often collected by sewers over a number of years to use in quilts. Since Eula made dresses and other clothing, she had many left overs fabrics from those projects. Some of those scraps, if not all, made their way into this quilt.
The growing charm of this quilt includes it’s imperfections. It’s filled with cotton batting that is spilling out in areas of extreme wear. It’s the type of cotton that behaves as though it just came from the gin, lumping and bunching together, hence the closeness of the quilt stitches in the ‘shell’ pattern.
The odd size of the blocks, the unevenness of the quilting stitches and now, the stains and gaps seem to give hope for our own lives in the face of imperfections.
As can be seen, this was a utilitarian quilt and it got plenty of use.
Scrap Quilt probably made in the 1940’s by Eula. Size is 58″ x 78″ .
- Close up of Eula’s Mae’s quilt. Notice the exposed cotton batting.
Eula Mae HOLDER LINN was gifted in many ways. One of those was with a crochet hook and thread in her hands. It seemed like she was always crocheting something. When she visited family away from home, one of the first things she requested was a trip to the store to buy some thread.
The pictures below show the basic design of the bedspreads she made. Each square measures approximately 6″ x 6″ and is made of a fine cotton thread commonly known as “knit cro-sheen” She would make one square at a time and then sew them together for the finished bedspread. The bedspread covers a double/queen bed and require 12 squares across and 14 squares down for a grand total of 168 squares. There are 3 known bedspreads of this exact same pattern and size. That’s 504 squares. She really was always crocheting something.
Bedspread made by Eula Mae with cotton thread called knit-crosheen.
A close up of the crochet pattern Eula used.
Eula Mae HOLDER was the 3rd child of Alma Josephine JACKSON and James Solomon HOLDER the 10th of December 1900. Locust Grove, Henry County, GA was where her family resided and she was born.
On the 2nd of Sept 1917 she married Max Augustus LINN in Griffin, Spalding County, GA.
She and Max had 4 children together; 2 that grew to adulthood and 2 that died as babies.
Eula Mae worked at a dress making factory in the finishing department. She would add belts and sashes to finished dresses among other things.
She was an avid seamstress at home making her own clothes as well as dresses for her sister Mamie, quilts, and doll clothes for her grandchildren. If she wasn’t sewing she was crocheting. She could crochet anything. She had the ability to look at a finished crocheted article and duplicate it. Some items she crocheted were bedspreads, turtle bags to cover Ivory soap bars, and lots of laced edges on women’s dime store handkerchiefs.
Reading was a great hobby of hers with romance novels being the genre of choice. She had a jewelry box of costume jewelry brooches (as seen in the picture) and on a shallow, little shelf were displayed her collection of miniature ceramic pitchers.
She and her son bought a victorian house in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta in the 40″s – 50’s and lived in the upper apartment until the last few years of her full life.
She died at home in Covington GA, 1993.