Pattern Names: Prairie Braid
Top By: Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting
Quilted By: Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting
Location Made: Gee's Bend, Alabama (AL) United States
Project Name: Michigan State University Museum Collection
Contributor: Michigan State University Museum
ID Number: 08.0066
Layout Format: Vertical strip
Quilt Size: 38" x 55"
Colors: Black, Blue, Gold, Green, Pink, Red
Construction: Machine Piecing
Quilting Techniques: Hand quilting
Purpose or Function: Fundraising
Other Notes: This quilt was collected by Cuesta Benberry to further her research on quiltmaking and/or African American quiltmaking. In 1992, the quilt was loaned to the exhibition: Louisville Celebrates the American Quilt: Always There - The African American Presence in American Quilts. Louisville, KY. February 7-March 31, 1992. Louisville Museum of History and Science. Cuesta's son donated the collection to the Michigan State University Museum when she passed away in 2008.
From Cuesta, "I have followed the career of the Freedom Quilting Bee ever since I met them in 1967 when they came to St. Louis for a two week long demostration and sale ast Famous-Barr (a dept. store). I was teaching then, but every day after school, I'd go downtown and sit at the quilting frame with Mrs. Estelle Witherspoon and the other members of the Bee, and just chat until the store closed at 5:30pm."
Inscription: Freedom Quilting Bee a women's cooperative Alberta, Alabama
Made by Lillie. Quilted by Annie.
Related Items/Publications: This quilt was documented by the Kentucky Quilt Project when it was on display at Louisville Celebrates the American Quilt: Always There - The African American Presence in American Quilts. Louisville, KY. February 7-March 31, 1992. Louisville Museum of History and Science. That entry can be found at, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?pbd=KentuckyUofL-a0a2o8-a
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Bee, Gee's Bend Freedom Quilting. Joseph's Coat of Many Colors. 1980. From Michigan State University Museum, Michigan State University Museum Collection. Published in The Quilt Index, http://www.quiltindex.org/basicdisplay.php?kid=1E-3D-234C. Accessed: 04/17/2014