Building Blocks

Pattern name/title: Two block Quilt pattern (25 patch and snowball)
Date Made: c. 1930
Documented Inferred Method: fabrics in quilt
Maker: Cora Drake Clayton
Size: 70" x 81"
Predominant Colors: blues, pinks, oranges, purples, multi colors
Fabrics: cotton prints, florals, solids, checks, ginghams, sacking material, muslin
Backing: sacking materials embroidered with 25 farm and pastoral scenes.
Batting/Fill: cotton, thin
Techniques: hand pieced, hand quilted, embroidered
Description: 304 blocks in two patterns, each measuring 4.5" x 4.5", snowball and 25 patch. Set straight 16 x 19. There are no borders on the quilt.
Edge Treatment: 1'2" blue straight grain binding. tapers to a knife edge finish on one side of quilt. Turned from back to quilt and hand stitched to front of quilt with a running stitch
Quilting Designs: quilting pattern is square in a square in all blocks.
Workmanship: Construction: fair, with some mismatched seams
Quilting: primitive, moderate amount on quilt
Condition/Restoration: poor, missing fabrics, disintegration, edge wear, staining evident of most of quilt.
Provenance Paper dated 20 September 1995 accompanies this quilt states that quilt was made in Buffalo Gap, Texas by Cora Drake Clayton with assistance from her mother-in-law Lorene Williamson Drake. Although paper states quilt made around 1906, fabrics in quilt are later in manufacture
Notations: Value of quilt is enhanced by embroidered quilt serving as backing for this quilt