Lucy's Leaf


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-2957

Essay

description
A narrative pictorial quilt incorporating historical, personal, and familial elements by facilitating a discussion about family, genealogy, and the Great Migration.
essay
"Lucy's Leaf"
79.5" x 77.5"
"Lucy's Leaf" was begun by Lucy Neal Heart (my maternal grandmother) in 1925. She, her husband and children decided to join their three eldest newly married sons, who were determined to MIGRATE NORTH looking for jobs. Grandmother Lucy picked-up an Oak Leaf to remember her treasured tree in their front yard. The family's Ancestral Migration from Clarksdale, Mississippi to St. Louis, Missouri in 1923 was a heartbreaking experience for Grandmother Lucy. The leaf was used to make a cardboard pattern, which would be used to start making her memory quilt in 1924. My mother (Valeska) found her mother's bag of 24 unpieced hand-appliqued squares in 1980. I discovered their special bag of appliqued squares after my mother's death in 1995.
My sequential contribution began in 2003. The design extension lists the names and ages of my family members who dreamed of a better life by migrating NORTH. The pink Tulle overlay symbolizes the family's migration dreams as viewed through their "ROSE COLORED GLASSES!!"

Artist Statement about work:
"Lucy's Leaf" was begun by my Maternal Grandmother (Lucy Neal Hart) in 1925 after she and her Husband Benjamin Hart, Sr. and their youngest children decided to join their three (3) eldest newly married sons, who were determined to follow their dreams of moving North looking for good jobs. My family's Ancestral Migration from Clarksdale, Mississippi to St. Louis, Missouri in 1923 was a heartbreaking experience for my Grandmother. As she turned to look at their home for the last time, she stopped to pick a Large Oak Leaf from the beautiful tree in their front yard. She used that treasured LEAF to draw a Cardboard Pattern, which would be used to begin making the Appliqued Green Leaf Segment on this quilt (1924), which she never finished. My Mother found the bag of unfinished pieces in 1980 and continued hand applique of leaves. I rediscovered that bag of finished appliqued squares with fabric in 1995 after the death of my Mother. My sequential contribution began in 2003. My designed extension depicts the family's migration North from Mississippi to St. Louis, Missouri. The Pink Tulle extension overlay symbolizes a family's migration dreams as viewed through their "ROSE COLORED DREAM GLASSES."

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
Women of Color Quilters Network
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection: WCQN
InstInvContrNumF004
15.0160
InstInvContrNumF004a
2014:55.7

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
Lucy's Leaf
SubjQuiltF025
Family, Genealogy, Great Migration
interviewerF007e
Aleia Brown
DateDataF006b
2/26/2015
QuiltTopF054
Beck, Carol
QuiltedByF055
Beck, Carol
LocMadeF057a
Missouri and Durham
ProvStateF057d
North Carolina (NC)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
Timespan
DateBegunF023a
c1925
DateFinishF023b
c2003

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

PresUseF062
Artwork/wall hanging
GenderF098
Female
EthnicF101
African-American
NameGroupF120
Women of Color Quilters Network

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
77 3/4"
OverallLengthF012b
78 1/2"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Green
Pink
Red
White
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
TypeInscripF019
Date
Multiple Names
Message
Place
ContInscripF020
"Lucy's Leaf" Lucy Neal Hart, Grandmother 1877-1953 Valeska Hart Williams, Mother, 1915- 1995 Carol Beck, Quilt Artist, 1938- Present (c) Carol Beck, 2004 Durham, North Carolina
DateInscripF020a
2004
MethodInscripF021
Attached label
OtherMethodInscripF021a
Paper
LocInscripF022
on back
OtherLocInscripF022a
Bottom left
LayFormatF024
Pictorial

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
Light brown and black rope-like border- 1/4"
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Batiks
UniqueF037b
Pink tulle
ConstrucF038
Machine Piecing
ConstrucF038b
Hand Applique
Machine Applique
ConstrucF038g
Machine embroidery
Photography/photo transfer
UniqueF038h
Hand-whipped/blanket stitch, appliqued oak leaves, original stylized cameo, fused photos and fabric, flower images, pink sheer tulle overlay
EmbMatF039
Cotton thread
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
UniqueBindF045a
Front to back, Piped Miter Knife Edge Binding
WidthBindF047
half inch - one inch
BindWidthF047a
1"
MatUsedF048
Cotton
BattLoftF048a
Thin

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

TopSourceF064
Original to maker
ExhibitListF067a
"Reflections of Our Heritage" (2003), artist indicated that it was a local exhibition
RelItemsF088a
Clippings or photocopies, templates, artist statement

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Quilt collector
OwnershipF082
Public- Michigan State University Museum
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
ProvenanceF058a
From the Collection of Carolyn Mazloomi
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Detail 1
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Detail 1 Caption
Label

Data Verification

verify
yes
verifiedby
Beth Donaldson
dateverified
3
24
2017
CE

Extra Fields

OwnerZipF087
48824

Image Information

function
Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
file_medium
image
file_format
jpeg
Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University and Michigan State University Museum
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage
ImageConF075a
Quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Digital
photocredit079a1
Pearl Yee Wong
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum, all rights reserved

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Label

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