Stars and Bow Ties
North America, American, Alabama
83 1/2 in. x 75 1/2 in. (212.09 cm x 191.77 cm)
Medium and Support:
Cotton and cotton/polyester blend
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
© Estate of Joanna Pettway. Licensed by ARS, New York, NY
Joanna Pettway was one of Alabama's quilting royal family—the Pettways of Gees Bend. Her mother Mary Jane, her sister Plummer T and Joanna were life-long quilting companions, and they made hudreds of quilts both individually and collectively.
"Stars and Bow Ties" combines two traditional quilting motifs in a typically ideosyncratic way. The designs are recognizable, but not symmetrical; the complementary color combinations define this unified and elegant composition.