"Housetop" variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
1930s
Cotton, denim, corduroy
71 x 67 inches

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In a bedcover from the 1920s, Henrietta Pettway created her own version of the “Housetop” design using bands of brown cotton, blue denim, corduroy print, paisley, and a curious red plaid whose tiny squares mimic the overall composition of the quilt again and again in miniature.

In a bedcover from the 1920s, Henrietta Pettway created her own version of the “Housetop” design using bands of brown cotton, blue denim, corduroy print, paisley, and a curious red plaid whose tiny squares mimic the overall composition of the quilt again and again in miniature. While most “Housetops” are formed from continuous strips, here the bands are fractured in a way that begins to deconstruct the familiar pattern. A lyrical rendering of variegated cloth strips tumbling around a patchwork center, the quilt is a playful riff on the “Housetop” design that parodies and finally subverts the original form through its unconventional orchestration of shapes and patterns.