Lazy Gal Bars quilt

Loretta Pettway American

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Made from long strips of cut, or perhaps even torn, fabric, Lazy Gal Bars is one of the simplest patterns the Gee’s Bend quilters produced. Loretta Pettway made this quilt from approximately equal widths of work clothes and other fabrics she had at hand, stitching the narrow strips together with long vertical seams. While using a relatively basic technique, Pettway managed to create a striking composition by choosing to place two light strips off-center and to border the lavender-blue denim with strong dark blue denim on two sides. The quilt is backed with a patterned blue-and-white polyester that also serves as the binding. It peeks around the sides, making for a somewhat jarring contrast to the solid colors of the front.

Lazy Gal Bars quilt, Loretta Pettway (American, born Boykin, Alabama 1942), Top: cotton and cotton-polyester blend; back: polyester

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