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Lucy T. Pettway

Blazing Star (quiltmaker's name) with "Pinwheel" corner blocks (detail), 1968

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Lucy T. Pettway (1921–2004), Blazing Star (quiltmaker's name) with "Pinwheel" corner blocks (detail), 1968

Polyester, double knit, nylon knit, 72 x 68 in.; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

"Star" quilts were never for every quiltmaker in Gee's Bend. The "Star" may enjoy the widest popularity of any quilt pattern in America, but the interconnected diamonds of the star motif make the quilt vulnerable to puckering and pulling unless pieced by a good seamstress. "Stars" also require lots of thread and good scissors, both of which were luxuries during earlier periods of hardship in the Bend. Quiltmakers who did make "Stars" made many. Once the techniques had been mastered, the choices became almost infinite. In her Blazing Star, Lucy uses a recycled grab bag of fabrics inside the star itself, but confidently surrounds it with a purple-and-green color combination and thrusting "Pinwheel" corners.

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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.


Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. We are continually adding new artworks to our offering, so be sure to check back regularly as you build your own gallery.