Gee's Bend quilt, "Housetop" variation with "Postage Stamp" center row

Irene Williams (American, 1920-)

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One of the quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, Irene Williams reveals a distinctive individual style in quilts that stretch the boundaries of traditional patterns and compositions. In this quilt she was inspired by the endless design possibilities of the “Housetop” pattern, which consists of squares within squares, and the “Postage Stamp” pattern, composed of small squares.

“When I got married, I started making quilts. I just put stuff together. I didn’t do the best I could, because in them years I didn’t have nothing but what little we got to make quilts and things out of.”

— Irene Williams

Irene Williams, Gee's Bend, Alabama. From the collection of the Tinwood Alliance; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (2007).

Object Information

Irene Williams (American, 1920-)
creation date
about 1965
cotton, cotton/polyester blend, polyester double knit, wool, corduroy
75 x 78-1/2 in.
accession number
credit line
Purchased with funds provided by Dana and Marc Katz
Textile and Fashion Arts

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