Hanna Balster was born in Germany. She came to America on a boat with her family when she was 16. At 19 she married another German immigrant, a carpenter who built furniture and coffins. Hanna and her husband lived all their adult lives in Lost Nation, Iowa.
She had 5 children, 4 boys and one daughter, my motherís mother. Sadly one son passed away when he was quite young from pneumonia.
Hanna loved to play the card games 500 and Bunco with her friends. Wednesday evenings were spent listening to her husband play in a German band.
Once the telephone was available she was often found on a bench on the landing between the upstairs and down chatting with friends.
During all this time she made numerous quilts, all hand pieced and quilted. She had a big quilt frame in her home where the women gathered regularly to quilt together.
Hanna made a quilt for each of her great grandchildren and below are mine (top), and my sisters Jean's (middle) and Carol's (bottom).
Judy Anne Johnson Breneman
for my great grandmother Hanna
Months passed, carefully hand stitching,
Searching though scraps saved from years
Mother gently touches the fabric from
A sociable woman, how Hanna loved
There was not enough green for the gently curved
The quilt appraiser notes the substitution,
Top finished at last, women gathered around the
Her friends admired the unusual design. Four muslin
Great Grandmother's gift hanging on my wall.
© 1998 Judy Anne Johnson Breneman
Wedding Ring Nine Patch
also known as
Glorified Nine Patch
Double Nine Patch
Nine Patch Variation
Recommended Website: Hand Quilting History: Gathering Around the Frame