Embroidered Wall Quilt
20” x 20”
MSUM 2008:119.26, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
Cuesta Benberry wrote: "When Bets Ramsey worked
with the "Senior Neighbors" in Chattanooga, many of her
black clients were interested in quiltmaking. Some were experienced
quilters, having made quilts since childhood. Others were introduced
to quiltmakng by Bets. Amanda Norris was one of the Senior Neighbors.
After Amanda Norris died, Bets gave this crewel type embroidery
quilt of Amanda Norris to me. I met Amanda once when I was visiting
Chattanooga. Also Amanda Norris quilted for a mutual friend, Dorothy
Nelle Sanders, who had and "Amanda Norris quilted-quilt"
in my exhibition, "Always There: the African American Presence
in American Quilts."
This piece reflects an artist's approach to design, color, and execution
of stitches. The maker disregarded "conventional" designs
and "did her own thing," allowing the thread to meander
over the surface of the fabric.