Mary Schafer Collection: A Legacy of Quilt History
Mary Schafer's friendship with Betty Harriman
|One of Mary’s
strongest friendships to grow out of the round robin exchanges was
with Betty Harriman of Bunceton, Missouri who was introduced to Mary
through Barbara Bannister, a mutual friend. Mary and Betty shared
many of the same tastes in quilt patterns as well as an interest in
history. They never met in person but their friendship flourished
first through an exchange of letters and later through regular telephone
conversations. The pair frequently would work on the same design,
each creating their own interpretation of a pattern. Following Betty’s
death in 1971, Mary purchased Betty’s unfinished quilts from
the family. Bringing Betty’s projects to completion continued
Mary’s tie to her friend.
|Following Betty’s death, Mary began writing an
article telling of Betty’s place in quilt history. She corresponded
with Betty’s sister, Hulda H. McGinnis about Betty and her quilts
during this period.
|Variable Star pattern, templates, and block sent from
Mary to Betty. Mary’s excellent drafting skills are evident
in the Variable Star pattern she sent to Betty. This collection of
pattern, template, and block would have been typical of materials
exchanged between the pair.
|Mary received this collection of Kansas City Star blocks
from Betty’s estate.
Mary and Betty's Quilts
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