An African-American Patchwork Quilt


Quilt Index Record: 1E-3D-2980

Essay

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STATEMENT ABOUT WORK:
For years I have been designing and constructing quilts that reflect a diverse spectrum of the American public. My quilts are based on contemporary patterns from our past to our present. However, my main pursuit has been the construction of quilts that are not based on designed patterns, but on the personal initiatives and designs used by the African-American women. My purpose in quiltmaking is to revive and to maintain an interest in the art form of quilting. Another objective is to relate the history and cultural relevance that Southern African-American women played in contributing a very rich and important legacy to the history of this nation for others to appreciate; to feel proud of, to profit and to learn from.
I wish also to use this art form of quilting to display and to narrate that the quilts made by African-American women illustrated a theme. Many of their quilts were classified as "Housetops," "Pig-Pens," "Half-Log Cabins," "Lazy Gal" and "Cattle Guard." The string/diamond quilts were considered the earliest form of quilting patterns used by slave women. They took the small pieces of string and other remnants, after making the "master's clothes and quilts, to construct quilts of their own. The diamond shapes in these quilts represent birth, life, death and rebirth.
Generally speaking, quilting can be viewed as a tailoring craft, and most likely to have had its origins with African-American males who were slave tailors. In fact, it could have been the slave tailors who gathered up scraps of materials from the slave master's shops, homes and gave them to the women to sew a variety of quilts know as "Scrap or patchwork quilts."

Project Information

InstNameF003
Michigan State University Museum
Quilts and Human Rights
Women of Color Quilters Network
InstProjNameF003a
Michigan State University Museum Collection: WCQN
InstInvContrNumF004
15.0145
InstInvContrNumF004a
2014:55.8

Page 1

QuiltTitleF009
An African-American Patchwork Quilt
interviewerF007e
Aleia Brown
DateDataF006b
2/24/2015
QuiltTopF054
Bostick, Edward
LocMadeF057a
Brooklyn
ProvStateF057d
New York (NY)
ProvCountryF057f
United States
DateQuiltF023
2000-2025
DateFinishF023b
2001

Page 2-Quiltmaker Information

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

Page 3-Physical Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
OverallWidthF12a
91"
OverallLengthF012b
95 1/2"
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Black
Blue
Green
Red
OtherColorF014c
Many different colors and patterns
OverCondF015
Excellent/like new
TypeInscripF019
Place
Single Inscription
ContInscripF020
Edward Bostick [Address] Brooklyn, NY [Zip] [Phone number]
OtherMethodInscripF021a
Handwritten
LocInscripF022
on back
OtherLocInscripF022a
Bottom left
LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
35
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Side by side

Page 4-Physical Description continued

NumBordersF033
1
BordDescF034
Border 5 3/4", black background with machine quilted floral design.
FiberTypesF035
Cotton
FabPrintF037
Novelty
UniqueF038h
Long-armed quilted
EmbMatF039
Cotton thread
FabFiberTypesF040
Cotton

Page 5-Binding and Quilting

MatUsedF044
Cotton
ConstrucBindF046
Front turned to back
WidthBindF047
less than a half inch
BindWidthF047a
3/8"
MatUsedF048
Cannot tell
BattLoftF048a
Thin
QuiltTechF049
Machine quilting

Page 6-Design and Fabric Sources

TopSourceF064
Original to maker

Page 7-Owner Information

IdentPersonF006
Quilt collector
OwnershipF082
Public- Michigan State University Museum
OwnerNameF082a
Michigan State University Museum
OwnerCityF084
East Lansing
OwnerCountyF085
Ingham
OwnerZipF087
48824
OwnerStateF086
Michigan (MI)
ProvenanceF058a
From the Collection of Carolyn Mazloomi
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Data Verification

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yes
verifiedby
Beth Donaldson
dateverified
3
24
2017
CE

Image Information

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Image - large display (550 or more pixels)
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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
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Pearl Yee Wong
HolderF080a
Michigan State University Museum, all rights reserved

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