Pig Pen Variation and Mosaic Medallion Quilt by Susana Allen Hunter, 1950-1955

Summary

After working the fields of her rural Alabama tenant farm and tending to her family's needs, Susana Hunter sat down to lavish her creativity on quilt making. On-the-fly inspiration -- rather than tradition -- guided this African American quilt maker's improvisational creations. Susana made over a hundred quilts -- each of them unique -- from the worn clothing and fabric scraps available to her.

After working the fields of her rural Alabama tenant farm and tending to her family's needs, Susana Hunter sat down to lavish her creativity on quilt making. On-the-fly inspiration -- rather than tradition -- guided this African American quilt maker's improvisational creations. Susana made over a hundred quilts -- each of them unique -- from the worn clothing and fabric scraps available to her.

Artifact

Quilt

Date Made

1950-1955

Creators

Hunter, Susana Allen, 1912-2005 

Place of Creation

United States, Alabama, Wilcox county 

Creator Notes

Made by Susana Allen Hunter in Wilcox County, Alabama.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2006.79.28

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Purchased with funds from the Eleanor B. Safford Memorial Textile Fund.

Material

Cotton (Textile)
Cotton (Fiber)
Batting
Flannel

Technique

Piecing
Quilting
Hand sewing

Color

Red
Blue
Pink (Color)
Purple
White (Color)
Brown

Dimensions

Height: 80 in

Width: 72.313 in

Specifications

Pattern: Improvisational; Strip pattern

Number of Pieces (top): 50

Fabric (top): cotton denim and cotton flannel plaids

Piecing Technique: Hand piecing

Number of Pieces (back):

Fabric (back): mule feed sacks

Stitches per Inch: 4

Quilting Pattern: Right Angle

Quilting Technique: Hand quilting

Binding: Self binding is brought to front

Batting: Batting is homemade cotton lint

Note(s): pieces of work clothes make up the strips and border on the quilt top; remnants where pockets were and a patch pocket are visible on quilt top

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