Eddie Lee Pettway Green
The Rehoboth-Alberta area is home to many quiltmakers who were born in Gee's Bend and moved up the road after they married. Eddie Lee Pettway Green is a good example of a woman whose artistic style evolved toward informality as events in her life took her further from the place her style had first developed.
I farmed all my life once I got big enough. Done farmed a whole lot of cotton. I was born down in Gee's Bend in 1926. We moved up to Rehoboth when I was eight years old. I married in 1953, Joseph Irby. He passed the same year we married in, and I married Arthur Green in 1965.
I made quilts since I was about old enough to do it. Made them just the same always as now. Just piece blocks together and sometimes I stripulate them. My mama showed me how to piece up, give me a needle and thread until I be learnt it. She showed me how to tie knots. I watched her. I been doing it since I was 'bout fourteen. We did it out of old overalls and stuff like that.
I had four house fires in my life and everything I had burnt up each time, everything I had but what I had on. Last time was a big one, 1995, house and everything I owned burnt up. I been here about two years in this house. My last house what burnt was down in Rehoboth. I started up piecing again year before last. Them quilts I give my daughter was did long time ago.