"Star" variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
1973
Cotton, polyester, cotton blends
90 x 90 inches

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The family of Delia Bennett (1892-1976) includes many of Gee's Bend's most talented quiltmakers. Delia taught both her daughter, Ella Mae, and Ella Mae's daughter Linda Diane to quilt.

The family of Delia Bennett (1892-1976) includes many of Gee's Bend's most talented quiltmakers. Delia taught both her daughter, Ella Mae, and Ella Mae's daughter Linda Diane to quilt. "Linda Diane Bennett was my second one," Ella Mae said. "Mama taught her how to do it. That's who taught me, too: Mama. We'd piece us into the night and then go to quilting. Learned to do it without a frame." Ella Mae testified to the superior skill of her daughter, who died in 1988: "She was a deputy sheriff working at Camden Courthouse. Come home and piece her quilts, lay them across her lap and quilt them. I don't know how she did that. Wasn't a wrinkle in it. Didn't use no horse, that's the way she did it—right across her knee."