Cultural Objects, Quilts

Chain of Diamonds Quilt

Maker/Creator: Virginia Adaline Hylton Bond Alderman
Willis (Burks Fork District)


  • Length: 80 1/2 inches
  • Width: 65 1/2 inches

Thirty stars and forty-nine Nine Patch blocks form this quilt based upon a design from “Aunt Martha Studios.” The quilt is pieced by machine; the quilting is done by hand averaging five stitches per inch in a fan pattern. For the quilt backing, four feed sacks are seamed together. These sacks were selected for their  printed Double Wedding Ring quilt design.

Pieced quilt, patchwork quilt, scrap quilt, feed sack material
Bio Sketch

Virginia Adaline Hylton Bond Alderman (1920-2012) was the daughter of Jabez Maston Dock “Jabe” Hylton and Ila Turman Hylton. She was first married to Ralph Bond. Her second marriage was to Ellis Linzy Alderman. Virginia’s love of color showed up in her flower gardens and her many quilts made for family members including her three sons and their children


Aunt Martha Studios was one of a number of companies offering quilt patterns, publications, and kits beginning in the 1930s.  Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Aunt Martha patterns  were also distributed by national newspaper feature syndicates and appeared in magazines such as Progressive Farmer.