"Housetop" variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1970
Corduroy
92 x 58 inches

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In 1972 the Freedom Quilting Bee, a sewing cooperative based in Alberta, Alabama, near Gee’s Bend, secured a contract with Sears, Roebuck, to produce corduroy pillow covers.

In 1972 the Freedom Quilting Bee, a sewing cooperative based in Alberta, Alabama, near Gee’s Bend, secured a contract with Sears, Roebuck, to produce corduroy pillow covers. Despite the standardized and repetitive process involved in producing the pillow covers, the availability of corduroy, a fabric seldom used by the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers, stimulated a profound creative response. Leftover lengths and scraps of corduroy were taken home by workers at the Bee. Given to friends and family or bundled for sale within the community, the scraps were then transformed from standardized remnants into vibrant and individualized works of art.