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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
2003
Cotton and polyester
63 x 63 inches

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By 2003, when Edwina Pettway was piecing a flagrant faux—fur print beside tan polyester paisley, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibition was making a triumphal tour of the nation’s museums.

By 2003, when Edwina Pettway was piecing a flagrant faux—fur print beside tan polyester paisley, the Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibition was making a triumphal tour of the nation’s museums. Women who had spent their lives in poverty and obscurity were being feted by an adoring public, wealthy museum trustees, and even First Lady Laura Bush. It gave them the impetus to continue and to experiment, and Edwina’s response was to marry the folk tradition of quiltmaking to the pop excesses of Hollywood and Las Vegas.