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Roy Marie Williams Quilting Collection

Identifier: A0025

Scope and Contents

The Roy Marie Williams Quilting Collection of quilting patterns includes an envelope of Grandmother Grey’s Perforated Quilting Patterns and a quilt-covered binder containing patterns from the Temple Daily Telegram, Farm Journal, and Sears catalog, ranging from approximately 1929 through the 1950s.


  • Majority of material found in 1929-1950s


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Access to sensitive materials may be restricted at the discretion of the American Folk Art Museum.

Conditions Governing Use

The Roy Marie Williams Quilting Collection is owned by the American Folk Art Museum. The collection is subject to all copyright laws, and is dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship.

Biographical Note

Roy Marie Williams was born to Roy Milton Smith and Charlotte Boynton Smith on July 7, 1931, and spent much of her life in Belton, Texas. Her father's lumberyard struggled during the Depression, but her mother was able to piece together a gracious home. Her mother's inventiveness may have inspired Williams' later talent as a quilter with a vibrant sense of color and experimentation. In the late 1990s, she started central Texas' first chapter of Project Linus, an organization that makes and donates quilts to critically ill children.

Williams raised three children as a single parent in Louisiana in the 1960s, enrolled in business school, and launched a career in insurance administration.

In the early 1970s, Williams moved with her youngest daughter to west Texas. Inheriting her grandparents' farmhouse took her back to Belton, Texas. One guiding maxim that Williams followed was "very well, then, said the little, small red hen, I will do it myself." She was an inspiring model of making the most of whatever resources were at hand, and sharing them with treasured friends.

In 2006, Williams moved to Durham, North Carolina. She passed away on January 15, 2013.


1.25 linear feet (flat case 16 x 12 x 3")

Language of Materials



The Roy Marie Williams Quilting Collection includes a variety of quilting patterns from Texas and national publications from approximately 1929 to 1950s.


Quilting patterns are grouped by publication, in the original order created by Roy Marie Williams.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Roy Marie Williams, 2006

A Guide to the Roy Marie Williams Quilting Collection
Emily Christensen
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Repository Details

Part of the American Folk Art Museum Archives Repository

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