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Lucy T. Pettway

"Housetop" and "Bricklayer" blocks with bars (detail), c. 1955

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Lucy T. Pettway (1921–2004), "Housetop" and "Bricklayer" blocks with bars (detail), c. 1955

Cotton, corduroy, cotton knit, flannel, even weave, 90 x 78 in.; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Each workday as Lucy T. Pettway walked to and from the fields, she carried a pencil and paper in her pocket to sketch ideas that came to her from observations. In the mid-l950s, she created an extraordinary block-and-strip quilt that presented an almost literal map of a section of the old Pettway community. At the top is the large plantation house. Beneath it are four field-workers’ cabins, each with a slightly different architectural configuration and strips that denote dirt roads and paths. On one side is a representation of the fields and their variety of crops, and on the other, the Alabama River. Not one of this unique quilt’s parts is out of the ordinary: each is a basic design element from traditional Gee’s Bend quilts—“Housetop,” “Bricklayer,” and “Lazy Gal” (a simple quilt of parallel stripes).

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Here the focus is on the inherent design elements and abstract imagery in the quilts rather than as finished objects.

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Souls Grown Deep Custom Prints offers custom reproductions of artworks by Souls Grown Deep artists. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.


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