Blocks and strips

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Cotton, cotton/polyester blend, wool blend
78 x 65 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

The Williams family proves how resourceful the women of Rehoboth could be with very limited means. According to Patty Irby, her grandmother Patty Ann Williams and her mother, Liza Jane Williams, made quilts just to keep warm, out of "whatever was too old to wear." But their finest quilts, she says, were "made out of stuff they was giving away up in Selma or someplace like that, you know, like two dollars a bundle." Patty Ann used cotton and polyester knits in solid colors to make a strip quilt with a checkerboard center, while Liza Jane fashioned this blocks-and-strips quilt out of cotton, polyester, and wool blends in a variety of prints.