It all began in the 1960s. I ironed the transfers of state flowers on bleached muslin and then sent the blocks to relatives, neighbors, etc. for signatures. They could embroider the flower and their signature themselves or send them back for me to embroider.
I have signatures from all but one of my aunts, and of course, my mother, sisters, and nieces. A few close neighbors and family friends' signatures were also gathered in the 60s.
My sisters assembled the quilt in 1994 while I was in the hospital recovering from a surgery. I had to rip out the row that contained the block shown above because they had sewn it upside down. I don't know why I didn't have it quilted until 1998. Of course, in those days, it was not easy to find a longarm quilter. I wish she had done more quilting on it. Most of the quilting is "stitch in the ditch" with some meandering in the plain blocks. It was quilted by Hazel Hatcher in 1998.