Qunnie Pettway (1943-2010) was taught how to quilt by her mother, Candis Pettway, and after she got married in 1960, she started making pattern quilts herself. Her first paying job was working for the Freedom Quilting Bee, and she frequently brought home ornate fabric scraps from the bee and made improvisational versions of traditional patterns. A frequent collaborator with her daughter, Loretta Pettway Bennett, a “Pine Burr” quilt they made together was designated the official quilt block of the state of Alabama by the legislature in 1997.
Qunnie Pettway’s work is in the permanent collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
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