Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1955: Youngest Woodruff daughter was “foremost quilt designer in the United States”

A young 20-something Bertha

Bertha Woodruff circa 1920

I wrote a post several years ago (my, how time flies!) about my great aunt Bertha (1888-1973), but after coming across this old newspaper clipping about her lifelong career as a quilt designer, I thought a follow-up post would be in order. Bertha was the youngest of the six Woodruff sisters. She appeared in that wonderful series of photos the sisters took at different moments in their lives. I wish I’d known her in her younger years; she was very fond of my father and he of her. Unfortunately, I caught her at the tail end of her life when old age and health problems deprived her of the joie de vivre she had once been so famous for.

By all accounts, including the one in the article, she lived a very interesting and creative life, and she certainly had a sea of admirers. For a look at her ‘Tree of Life’ quilt, click here.

The article mentions the Grand Tour of Europe my father took Bertha and his mother on in 1955. Bless his heart. He was a good son and a good nephew.


The gondola ride in Venice during the 1955 European Grand Tour. Bertha and my grandmother are in the rear. My dad is in the light blue suit in the rear.

Elizabeth Daily Journal clipping, Tuesday evening, 2 August 1955

Elizabeth Daily Journal clipping in my family’s possession, Tuesday evening, 2 August 1955

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2 thoughts on “Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1955: Youngest Woodruff daughter was “foremost quilt designer in the United States”

  1. Such a gorgeous quilt! What a talent! 🙂


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