Cultural Objects, Quilts

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt

Maker/Creator: Nola Slusher Hylton
Burks Fork (Burks Fork District)


  • Length: 88 inches
  • Width: 66 inches

A combination of feed sack and cotton print scraps were pieced to form this “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt. Each of the 332 flower blocks is composed of a print hexagon in the center, surrounded by six solid hexagons, surrounded by twelve print hexagons matching the center. More solid hexagons join the flowers together. Every individual hexagon is approximately 7/8 inch in diameter and is outlined with hand quilting. Completing each flower along the edge creates a scalloped border which is bound with the same material used for sashing.

pieced quilt, feed sack material
Bio Sketch

Nola Lillian Slusher Hylton (1892-1953) was the daughter of George W. and Clemmie Slusher. She married George Matthew Hylton in 1910. George and Nola had six children, including Andrew Jackson Hylton (see “Aster the Rhino” in our Folk Art collection). The Hyltons owned a farm near Buffalo Mountain on what is now Boone Road.



In this 1920 photo, sisters Mary Slusher Harmon and Nola Slusher Hylton are standing in front of their parents’ home on Oxford Street in Floyd.