"Housetop" variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Cotton and cotton blends
86 x 68 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Due to poor health and depression, Loretta Pettway stopped making quilts almost twenty years ago. Although many of her quilts were featured in the 2002–2005 exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, and one was illustrated on the cover of the book Gee’s Bend: The Women and Their Quilts, she did not attend the first ten museum openings. With the help and encouragement of her friends and other quilters in the community, she was able to overcome her depression, start making quilts again, and begin traveling. This quilt was one of the first quilts she made after almost two decades of inactivity.