Hearts and Pomegranates
Lena Moses and Livia Moses
88" x 82"
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.10, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU
From Cuesta, "Made by the sisters, Lena and Livia
Moses, Roanoke, VA. as a birthday gift for me. I had sent the pattern
to them and they liked it very much. They made several quilts of
this design. A boutique owner in Atlanta just snapped up these quilts
for sale in her shop, and wanted more. I met Lean and Livia back
in the early 1960s, early on in my career, and we remained friends
until their deaths."
This quilt recalls early quilting designs in America. Pomegranates
were thought to symbols of fertility and good harvests. Hearts were
used in many designs in early America art, especially in quilts
seen in Pennsylvania area. The colors, too, are evocative of work
done in the 1800s in that area. German settlers brought these colors
to America. What is interesting about this quilt is that the sisters
chose to work the applique designs on only one piece of fabric instead
of four large blocks and then adding a border. This made the work
mored difficult. They had mastering quilt making techniques.
By Mary Worrall