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Image of Stars and Bow Ties

Joanna Pettway
American, 1924–1993

Stars and Bow Ties


Object Type: Textile
Creation Place: 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
Accession Number: 2008.0009.0005

Credit Line: Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
Copyright: © 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.

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