"Single Irish Chain"—nine-block variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
89 x 70 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

As with so many Gee's Bend quilts, traditional geometries often yield to modification. Maggie Benning, for example, designed this "Irish Chain" in blue and white that shifts to blue-gray and brown on one side, which disrupts the pattern, both literally and optically.