"Snowball" variation (quiltmaker's name: "Bow Tie")

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1955
Cotton, velveteen, synthetics
101 x 85 inches
Collection of
Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Made when she was a teenager, this quilt intermixes octagons and diamonds in a pattern sometimes known as "Snowball" but called "Bow Tie" by Benning. The quilt typifies a category of Gee's Bend quilts, suggestive of op art, that were produced in the middle of the twentieth century and earlier.