Ruby Neal was famous for her quilts. Dozens of the hand-sewn beauties have been handed down to her descendants. She had favorite patterns–Dahlia Star, Double Wedding Ring, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Periwinkle, Six-Pointed Star.
The solid color fabrics in Dahlia Star are gathered at the circle, adding a 3-D effect.
Double Wedding Ring
Double Wedding Rig is challenging to set together because of the curves. It’s interesting to see it made in newer fabrics, and one of the precious older ones.
Grandmother’s Flower Garden
Grandmother’s Flower Garden is made up of all hexagons.
Periwinkle is an example of a dear “charm quilt.” A charming way to use up fabrics left over from other garments.
And old one next to one from newer fabrics. The more little points meet at the center of a star, the more challenging it is. Six-Pointed Star is a classic quilt pattern.
Jacque Johnson, one of Ruby Neal’s granddaughters, owned Adel Quilting & Dry Goods for several years, also known as the “Little Quilt Shop on the Prairie”. She holds classes and events, and has a website with an active blog–about all things quilting.
What a delightful way to carry on a hobby of her mother, Marian (Neal) Beaman, and also of her grandmother (and ours), Ruby (Blohm) Neal.