Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quilt of the Month: February 2014 - Star Puzzle

This month, we wanted to showcase one of the masterpieces from the Robert and Helen Cargo Collection.

"Star Puzzle" by Nora Ezell is a variation on a Blazing Star pattern.
"Nora Ezell (1917-2007) made many versions of this pattern, which she called "Star Puzzle," starting in the 1970s and into the 1990s.  Among the best known late twentieth-century southern African American quilters, Ezell's work has been in numerous exhibitions; she won an Alabama Folk Heritage award in 1990 and an NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 1992."
- World Quilts, "The American Story"
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is fortunate to have seven other pieces made by Ezell in our collection. They include...

Cathedral Windows, variation
Made in Eutaw, Greene County, Alabma
Dated 1985
90 x 70 inches
IQSCM 2000.004.0026

"Everybody Quilt"
Made in Eutaw, Greene County, Alabama
Dated 1985
97 x 90 inches
IQSCM 2000.004.0031

"Gambler's Dream"
Made in Eutaw, Greene County, Alabama
Dated 1995
101 x 71 inches
IQSCM 2000.004.0025

And more. If you would like to see more of the Nora Ezell quilts in our collection go to "Search the Collections" and type "Ezell" under "Quiltmaker."

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