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The One, Two, Threes of Pioneer Life

 

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Eight-pointed star

   Many pioneer women
sewed eight-pointed
star quilts

8 pointed star quilt

8 pointed star patternclick on image
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8 pointed star pattern (left) and
8 pointed star quilt block


Pioneer girls were taught to sew and quilt. Families made their own clothes and wasted nothing. Leftover pieces of fabric and worn-out clothing were saved and made into rugs, curtains and quilts. Ma taught Mary and Laura to make nine-patch quilt blocks when the girls were small. Nine-patch quilts were the easiest to sew and to make smooth. Later Ma taught Laura how to make a bear claw quilt.

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