"Housetop"—four-block variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1965
Cotton and cotton/polyester blend
77 x 82 inches
Collection of
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Mary L. Bennett learned to quilt by observing her grandmother, Delia Bennett (1892–1976). The child of one of Delia's younger daughters, Lucille, she was raised by her grandmother. "Didn't nobody teach me to make quilts. I just learned it by myself, about twelve or thirteen. I was seeing my grandmama piecing it up, and then I start. I just taken me some pieces and put it together, piece them up till they look like I want them to look. That's all." Several of her compositions recall those of her grandmother, particularly this strip quilt in bold colors divided into four differently sized quadrants.