Cultural Objects, Quilts
“Good Morning 1907” Crazy Quilt
PeopleMaker/Creator: Zora Della Weeks Slusher
PlacesWillis, (Burks Fork District)
- Length: 73 inches
- Width: 63 inches
The maker/makers of this heavily embroidered crazy quilt have used more than twenty different embroidery stitches. Designs include animals, plants, the outline of a hand, names, and initials. “The Floyd Press,” “Good Bye 1906,” and “Good morning 1907” appear on other blocks. Scraps of wool and cotton material make up the blocks which are joined with machine-stitching.
Zora Della Weeks (1878-1973 ) was the daughter of Phosyladus A. “Dick” Weeks and Mary Jane “Mollie” Conduff Weeks of Willis. She married Fleetwood Slusher and moved to North Dakota in 1922.
After Zora Weeks Slusher’s death, her granddaughters found this quilt and decided it “needed to come home” to Floyd County. While their grandmother often spoke about her childhood in Floyd County and continued corresponding with relatives here, Zora never returned for a visit.
In this photo, Zora Weeks is wearing the dark outfit on the right. The young man is Raymond Starr and the woman on the left is unknown. They are posing in front of this quilt. It was a common practice to use coverlets or quilts as backdrops when traveling photographers came to homes to take formal photographs.