Mary Maxtion (aka Mary Pearl Maxtion)
North America, American, Alabama
102 1/2 in. x 85 in. (260.35 cm x 215.9 cm)
Medium and Support:
Cotton and cotton/polyester blend
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
On initial viewing, this appears to be a precision-pieced block quilt. Closer inspection reveals just a few mistakes, or "somethin' of [the maker's] own," such as the strips along the bottom edge of the quilt that equalize the length of the vertical rows. Also, there are two odd blocks featuring a red star on a navy background ; their inclusion interrupts the symmetry of the diagonal rows of like-colored blocks. Such asymmetry is intentional; in departing from the traditional approach it expresses the quilter's individuality.
"Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts," 2006, p. 18.