Maggie Griffin was the second eldest of nine children and her father died when Maggie was thirteen. Maggie married Benjamin Shaw and had five children of her own. The births of Maggie's children were spread over nineteen years; when Maggie made this quilt block her eldest daughter Mabel was celebrating her first wedding anniversary and her youngest daughter Agnes was just three years old.
Maggie Shaw, like the other women in Malaga, would have spent much of her time at home on the sewing machine. Singer Sewing machines were at the top end of the market but faced fierce competition from the 'home brands' of the mail order companies like Montgomery Wards and Sears. The majority of sewing machines manufactured in the 1920s were treadle or hand crank models but electric motors could be added later.
Maggie may have had the little book "How to Make Children's Clothes the Modern Singer Way" (1930 edition, 25 cents). If she did she would have pondered on the following "practical instruction and valuable suggestions ready for instant use."