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Image of Patriotic Stars

Mary Maxtion (aka Mary Pearl Maxtion)
American, 1924–2015

Patriotic Stars

about 1993

Object Type: Textile
Creation Place: 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
Accession Number: 2004.0021.0010

Credit Line: 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.

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