"Four Patch"/"Nine Patch" variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Cotton and corduroy
82 x 82 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Like most women in Gee’s Bend, Minder Coleman learned from her mother: "She put me to sewing. That's how we started. I never did have a book or pattern or nothing. She just drew her own pattern. She made those old-fashioned quilts." Several of Minder's own "old fashioned" quilts survive, including this intriguing composition from the mid-1950s of gray plaid and occasional red squares floating in white diagonal columns. These columns are oriented in various directions, alternately forming chevrons, squares, or parallelograms; in almost every instance, their intersections are treated differently.