Mary as a young woman, c1949.
Photographer unknown, courtesy of Mary Schafer.
|As a young woman, Mary’s interest in needlework
was first nurtured when women in her Flint, Michigan neighborhood
taught her sewing, tatting, and other needlework forms. In 1949, Mary
purchased a kit to make a quilt but, after reading the instructions,
the project seemed overwhelming and she returned the kit to the store.
In 1952, Mary decided to try again. She purchased the “Rhododendron”
kit quilt produced by Progress Company and, despite her earlier frustration,
finished the quilt in six months. After immediately buying and completing
a second appliquéd kit quilt, she was hooked on quilting.