We've looked at several possible Missouri makers of these stuffed work quilts handed down in a Cass County family.
-Perhaps Maria Rodgers Martin, held as a slave in Cass County
-Perhaps other Missouri women in the Roddy/Brown home in Cass County
-Perhaps relatives in Tennessee
It seems most likely to Merikay Waldvogel and me that they were made in Rhea County, Tennessee, where the style was often seen after the Civil War.
Question:"IF SOURCE PERSON IS QUILT MAKER: If the source is the quilt maker, choose the parts of the quiltmaking process that best describes the source's participation.
Answer: Made entire quilt"
We have no answers to our questions but we have changed our perspective on the steps in the quiltmaking process and the importance of commercial quiltmaking in the past.
See previous posts on the Cass County/Rhea County quilts here:https://quilthistorysouth.blogspot.com/2020/11/tennessee-to-missouri-1-regional-style.html