Two-sided quilt: [1] Nine-block "Log Cabin" variation and [2] "Roman Stripes" variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1960
Cotton twill, print, jersey knit, denim, polyester
83 x 64 inches

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Two-sided quilts from Gee’s Bend often work like diptychs—for example, if one side is formal and restrained, the other may be more abstract and spontaneous.

Two-sided quilts from Gee’s Bend often work like diptychs—for example, if one side is formal and restrained, the other may be more abstract and spontaneous. Sometimes a pattern crosses both front and back, or an artist will use each surface to play with a different geometric motif. In this example, Young juxtaposed the bright color of one composition with the dark color of its reverse like day and night. —Lauren Palmor