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Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Henry Ford Museum Features Improvisational Quilts

The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, will display an exhibit of nearly 30 improvisational quilts by Susana Allen Hunter of Wilcox County, Alabama. The exhibit, entitled "Quilting Genius 2: The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Hunter," begins on February 15 and will run through April 27, 2008.

Hunter is from the same region that created the well-known "Gee's Bend" African-American quilts, and shares a similar style. Dating from the 1930s to the 1970s, Hunter's quilts partake of the humble materials and syncopated rhythms of rural southern African-American quilts.

Susana and her husband Julius farmed most of their lives and raised their children in a 2-room house without running water or electricity. The quilts, made from leftover materials such as worn clothing and feedsacks, were made for the practical purpose of keeping the family warm. They are also extraordinarily beautiful.

One of the events associated with this 10-week exhibit will be an "Ideas and Innovations Forum" all day on March 15 at the museum. More information is available by calling (313) 982-6001 or on the web at

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