Friday, August 1, 2014

four family quilts, Hillsboro, Oregon

Last week, I found two doll quilts at a local antiques shop in Hillsboro, Oregon. Yesterday, I went back to see if the shop owner had retrieved information about the maker, and while I was there he offered two more of her quilts. It was a deal I just couldn't pass up.

The first is a larger quilt, a 68" x 78" one-patch made in the 60s or 70s, mostly cottons with a few knit fabrics that appear to be wools. It is thin, hand quilted, and has a narrow white binding. The second is another doll quilt, also multicolor patchwork, with alternating one-patch and four-patch blocks.

a third doll quilt for the group
These two quilts and the two doll quilts I bought last week were all made by the same person, a Hillsboro resident whose name we think is Ruth Daggard, although the spelling of the name has yet to be verified. She lived in the Bald Peak area of town. She may have passed away several years ago. The quilts came from the estate of her son, who passed away within the last year or two.

doll quilt found last week
second doll quilt found last week
All four quilts seem to have a similar color sensibility, with multiple colors used harmoniously in simple patterns. Two are tied, two are quilted. I look forward to finding out more about the maker. It is wonderful to find a small group of quilts from one maker who lived in the area. I hope I can find out more about her. 


  1. I think it is wonderful that the quilts will stay together with their history!

  2. These are all lovely - I especially like the crazy quilt. I am glad you have the name of the maker and do hope you are able to find out more about her.

  3. I love that you can find the history of these quilts!

  4. Those are great. I love her color sense!

  5. I'm just learning to sew still and I recently signed up to take my first quilting class next month. I'm excited.

  6. It's a wonder how you track all these quilts and stories together!

  7. You take such great photos! Such great lighting and sharpness, it's almost like you scanned the quilts!

    I grew up in Hillsboro, we do have great antique shops!

  8. oooh, love the colors in that first quilt!! What great finds!