Center medallion strips with multiple borders and cornerstones

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
1930s
Wool, corduroy, cotton
76 x 66 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation
Description

Martha Jane Pettway created a number of “Housetop” quilts in the 1920s and 1930s using old clothes. In one bedcover, a battalion of brilliant red squares moves in diagonal lines from each of the quilt’s four corners to meet in the center. The highly ordered, eye—popping patches march across a gray wool background that, upon closer inspection, reveals a contrasting pattern of eccentrically arranged strips.