Knob Creek Museum

Quilt Pattern

Mother's Dream Nine Patch

Located in Johnson City, this trail stop along the Quilt Trail is part of Washington County, within the East Tennessee region.


Isabell Krouse Sherfey, grandmother of the current owner, made the all-cotton quilt from which this unknown pattern is copied. Isabell made the quilt at her homeplace, probably with the help of her three sisters, all of whom were trained by their mother, Susanna Wine Krouse, in the art of spinning, weaving, knitting and crocheting.

The Krouses grew flax and cotton to use in their spinning and raised sheep for the wool to card and spin. Isabell brought the quilt to begin housekeeping when she married widower, David Preston Sherfey, in 1889. He had served with the Union Army in the Civil War and had sold his 1861 Colt revolver to purchase a wagon, mowing machine, hay rake, and a team of mules for farming 17 ½ acres and log cabin he had bought in 1886. This land was part of the original 400+ acres granted to Charles Duncan in 1777 in what was then the state of North Carolina.

David Sherfey was a nurseryman, growing fruit trees for sale and farming. He and Isabell had one son, John A. Sherfey, who gave Pioneer Homestead its name in recognition of its land grant origin. The Charles Duncan log cabin, built before 1777, still stands today and was completely restored in 1995. Nearby, privately owned Knob Creek Museum houses many artifacts of the Sherfey and Krouse families, as well as those of community contributors.

A living, working farm that has been in this family since 1886 and is listed as a Century Farm. Beautiful furniture made by two great grandfathers. Heirloom quilts and home woven textiles, woven woolen coverlets, three of which made a tour of four museums in U.S. and to Edinborough, Scotland in 2003. Three books and crafts locally made are available when museum is open.

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243 Denny Mill Road
Johnson City, Tennessee


Open by appointment


36.346822 °N, -82.40529 °W