"Housetop"—four-block "Log Cabin" variation center medallion

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1925
Cotton clothing and sacking
86 x 74 inches
Collection of
Princeton University Art Museum
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Among Henrietta Pettway’s surviving compositions is a four-block, center medallion "Log Cabin" variation in the form known among some local women as the "Hog Pen Pole." Dating from around the late 1920s and made of cotton and cotton sacking, it is beautiful even in its faded condition. It suggests how well used these quilts were; it also reveals how far back in the Gee's Bend quiltmaking tradition the improvisational approach can be found.