Hattie Collins & Her Granddaughters: Herma Wilson Williams
Born to Lucy and Herman Wilson, Herma Wilson Williams grew up around Magnolia in Columbia County Arkansas, where her parents were sharecroppers or tenant farmers. She was named for her father, Herman. By learning to quilt as a child Herma had completed her first quilt by age eight. She recalled that during her childhood her family raised brown cotton to use as batting for quilts. Even as an adult, she always raised a special patch of cotton exclusively for quilting use. After ginning, she carded the cotton for batting. Her quilting frame consisted of four boards nailed together, then placed on chair backs.