Schlatter Family Site
The Five-Generation Quilt
Five generations of our family have worked on this quilt. The Dresden plates in this quilt were pieced between 1941 and 1943 by Nina Anna Statia White Dudding, her daughters, Annie Lee Dudding Richardson, and Mary Elliot Dudding Coburn; her granddaughters, Annie Lee Richardson and Mary Christine Richardson. The quilt blocks were assembled into a finished quilt by Rose Golden Schlatter and her daughter, Stephanie Hope Schlatter.
Here's a photo of the quilt and a photo of one block.
The dark blue-and-white fabric in the top section of the Dresden plate is from one of Nanny's dresses. The other material is from dresses and blouses worn by Nanny's daughters and granddaughters.
History of the quilt
The following is a history of this quilt as related by Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter – “Babe” Schlatter – to her son and daughter-in-law – Joseph A. Schlatter, Jr., and Rose G. Schlatter – on 26 February 2007 at her home in Knoxville, TN. She died of pancreatic cancer two weeks later on 18 March 2007.
Nina Anna Statia White Dudding – “Nanny,” “Miss Dolly” – is the grandmother of Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter whose mother, Annie Lee Dudding Richardson, is one of eight children born to Nina A. S. W. Dudding.
Mary Elliot Dudding Coburn is the youngest of Nina A. S. W. Dudding’s eight children. Her husband, Spencer Coburn, was in the Navy SeaBees during WW II and for two years while Spencer Coburn was overseas, Mary lived with her mother, Nanny, who, in turn was living in the home of her daughter Annie Lee Dudding Richardson and her husband, Clarence James Richardson, Sr., in Centreville, MS.
Also living in the Richardson home at the time were the four Richardson children: Mary Christine Richardson (Hemphill); Annie Lee Richardson (Schlatter); Clarence James Richardson, Jr. (AKA: Brother; Rich); and, Mable Dudding Richardson (Savoie).
During the time that Spencer Coburn was overseas, Mary Dudding Coburn worked at the post office on U. S. Army Camp Van Dorn, near Centreville, MS. At night, Nanny, her daughters Mary and Annie Lee Dudding Richardson, and her granddaughters Mary Christine Richardson and Annie Lee Richardson pieced the Dresden plates.
The materials in the Dresden plates came from Nanny’s “scrap bag”– scraps of new material left over when new clothing was made from material purchased at local stores.
These scraps include material from dresses worn by Nanny, Annie Lee Dudding Richardson, Mary Christine Richardson, and Annie Lee Richardson. Nanny wore “dark” clothes; several pieces of material with a dark blue and white pattern came from her dresses.
After the Dresden plates were pieced, the quilt was never assembled. According to Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter, this is the history of the Dresden plate pieces.
The pieces remained for several years in “Nanny’s long box.” The “long box” is a long, low pine box with the logo of the “Southern Made” shoe company that Nanny used to store fabric, scraps, keepsakes, and the like.
Mary Elliot Dudding Coburn (who died in 1951) gave the Dresden plates to her sister, Myrtle Dudding Robinson, who retained them for approximately twenty years.
Myrtle gave the pieces to Mary Christine Richardson Hemphill (“Teena”) who, for many years, lived in Cleveland, MS. She was active in the Methodist church and participated in a Methodist women’s quilting group. Teena kept the pieces for approximately ten years during which time she appliquéd a few of the Dresden plates onto white fabric.
Sometime in the early 1980’s, “Teena” gave the Dresden plate pieces to her sister, Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter who later gave them to her daughter-in-law, Rose G. Schlatter, who was a proficient and regular quilter.
In 1995, Rose’s husband, Joseph A. Schlatter, Jr., retired from the U. S. Army after 28 years of service. He took a job in Johnson City, TN; Rose and Joe moved to Bristol, TN, where they purchased a house in January 1997. In 2002, they sold their house and moved into an apartment, in preparation for retiring and moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Between July 2003 and June 2004, Rose and Joe’s daughter, Stephanie H. Schlatter, lived with them while she prepared to attend law school. Rose finished the quilt with assistance from Stephanie:
The Dresden plates were different sizes and had varying numbers of
sections. Rose adjusted the size of the plates to make them all close to the
She then appliquéd the Dresden plates onto backing material and assembled
the quilt, including sashing and borders, filling, and backing.
3. The quilt was then given to Mrs. Josephine Ellis who lived on Euclid Avenue, Bristol, VA. She quilted quilts by hand. When the quilt was delivered to Mrs. Ellis, she stated that she had arthritis in her hands and this would be the last quilt she would complete.
In January 2005 Joe and Rose Schlatter moved to Bay Saint Louis, MS, where they were building a house when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast on 29 August 2005. They lost most of their personal belongings in the hurricane, including most of Rose’s quilt and fabric collection. After the hurricane, Joe and Rose returned to Knoxville. Joe’s father, Joseph A. Schlatter, Sr., suffered a stroke in early November 2005 and died 29 November 2005.
After returning from the Gulf Coast to Knoxville, Rose contacted Mrs. Ellis who completed quilting the quilt in November 2006.
In August 2006, Annie Lee Richardson Schlatter was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Rose presented the finished quilt to her in November 2006 and it remained with her until her death from cancer on 18 March 2007. She thought the quilt had been lost in Hurricane Katrina and she was very emotional and gratified when the finished quilt was presented to her – the quilt connected her to her grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter.
The five generations
This quilt represents work by five generations of the Dudding-White, Richardson-Dudding, Schlatter-Richardson, and Schlatter-Golden families.