Alabama Department of Archives and History
Friendship Quilt, ca. 1938-1940
Louise Norman Reagan
Ramer, Montgomery County
Louise Norman Reagan (1922-2014) of Ramer, Alabama, is believed to have made her version of Grandma’s Favorite in the late 1930s. She enlarged and varied the pattern’s squares by making them “foursquare” and using different fabrics for each quadrant. Her “x” forms are scalloped so that the resulting voids are rounded, quatrefoil shapes. The scalloped bars are a solid fabric that she inscribed with names of her family members and friends, creating the equivalent of a personal “memory book” in the form of a quilt. Created at the end of the Great Depression, the quilt addresses the traditional ties of family and friendship that were the roots of survival and social stability in those dark days. It speaks to nurturing warmth, protection from cold nights, and the communal support system that made life more comfortable. Louise Norman Reagan was a life-long resident of Montgomery County. The Friendship Quilt, ca. 1938-1940, was made using scraps of recycled fabric from flour sacks and tobacco bags.
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