A Piece of my Soul - Quilts by Black Arkansans Old State House
Quilting Familes

 
Introduction
 
The Allen Sisters & Descendants
 
Frances Smith Wilson & Descendants
 
Hattie Collins & Her Granddaughters
 
Hattie Collins
Herma Wilson Williams
Essie Jackson
 
Sally Anna Ingram Parker & Relations
 
Asia Cummings Shed & Descendants






















Hattie Collins & Her Granddaughters: Herma Wilson Williams

Herma Wilson Williams
H Quilt, ca. 1930
Herma Wilson Williams
American Tree Quilt, ca. 1940
Herma Wilson Williams
Snowball Quilt
Herma Wilson Williams
Kite Quilt Fragment & String Quilt Fragment, ca. 1930

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.



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