Flora Moore was born in 1951 and raised in Rehoboth, Alabama. She went to work in the fields picking cotton until she “got big enough to know what it was about” and completed school as far as the eleventh grade in Gee’s Bend. She became inspired to start quilting as a teenager after watching women make quilts in the home of her cousin Estelle Witherspoon, the birthplace of the Freedom Quilting Bee. Although mentored by Witherspoon and her aunt Willie ‘Ma Willie’ Abrams, Moore remains determined to be guided by her own artistic voice and instincts, epitomizing the ‘my way’ tradition of quilt making, which favors individualism and improvisation over-reliance on an established quilt pattern.
Flora Moore’s work is held in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art.