Nine appliqué blocks—"Tulip" variation (quiltmaker's name: "Chestnut Bud")

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Cotton and cotton/polyester blend
96 x 96 inches
Collection of
Baltimore Museum of Art
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

In early 1967, the Freedom Quilting Bee produced seventy-five feet of "Chestnut Bud" pattern for use in the summer home of CBS executive William Paley and his wife, Babe. Co-op member Lucy Mingo was instrumental in executing this order. As the "Chestnut Bud" was one of her specialties, she was selected to make two sample blocks of the pattern for Parish-Hadley's review. Mingo later paired with Estelle Witherspoon to lead the twelve-woman team that produced the twenty-five yards of material. "I was the only person that knew how to make that quilt," she says, speaking of the 'Chestnut Bud,'" and I learnt the other ladies how to do it." She continued to produce variations on the theme during the early years of the quilting bee, including this one in which the black-on-white blocks are framed by black columns.