Photo, Print, Drawing 1994 Judges' Choice Winner

About this Item

1994 Judges' Choice Winner
Contributor Names
Tummings, LaQuita (Creator)
Created / Published
Vallejo, California, September, 1992 - January 10, 1993
Subject Headings
-  Quilting
-  Quilt patterns
-  quilt piecing
-  quilt tops
-  aesthetics
-  batting (textiles)
-  applique quilts
-  hand quilting
-  artistic hobbies
-  lone star quilts
-  star quilts
-  memory
-  synthetic fabrics
-  cotton fabrics
-  medallion quilts
-  broken star quilts
-  Photographs
-  United States -- California -- Vallejo
-  The following information was supplied by the quiltmaker:
-  Quilt size: 75" x 73"
-  Where did you learn the pattern? "The pattern is an original design based on a quilt my maternal grandmother hand made."
-  Other techniques used include: "Quilted with gold thread; English paper piecing."
-  How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "The quilt that provided my inspiration was a Broken Star in shades of yellow with a white background. I chose shades of gold, to represent the darken shades of yellow as well as age, and value. I chose a black background to represent how the coal would have turned it black. I used the African fabrics to represent my African Heritage. The gold thread and the symbols in the quilting are to bring value to my African Heritage, as well as to provide contrast."
-  Quiltmaker's motivation: "The following are the words written on the back of the quilt 'My Heritage': This quilt it dedicated to the memory of my Grandma Shallie Bennermon (Coleman). I remember the quilts that we used to sleep, fight, crawl, and live under. Small patches of dresses, clothes we no longer wore re-created into new memories. People have asked me, 'Who taught you?' or 'You must have lots of patience.' I don't. I make time for the things that are important to me, so did my grandma. When I was 17, I went to the house that my grandma had lived in. In the basement was a coal bin. Stretched in front of the bin was a 'Broken Star' in shades of yellow. I was in love! When I returned to California, I started the first of many quilts. I didn't put two and two together until many years later. I've always regretted not getting that quilt. But I've never forgotten it. Thank you grandma. I never really knew my grandma, but she will live through every quilt I make."
-  How long have you been making quilts? How did you learn to quilt? "I have always loved to play with cloth. I made doll clothes and I began sewing at about 11 or 12. I made a quilt when I was 15, or 16 which was later stolen. But I began in earnest after seeing my grandmothers quilt when I was 17 which was over 20 yr. ago. I learned by trial and error. I am self taught."
-  Has being a winner in the Land's End contest made a difference in your life? Has it changed the way you look at your work as a quilt maker? "Not until now. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to express for history what my quilting is to me. It has always been a part of me, the desire to create with cloth and color. But not the contest itself did not change how I looked at my creativity. It is really nice to see your work in Print (Lands' End address book)."
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Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1997/011: Folder 8991 P1
Source Collection
Lands' End All-American Quilt Collection (AFC 1997/011)
American Folklife Center
Online Format
IIIF Presentation Manifest
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Tummings, Laquita. Judges' Choice Winner. California United States Vallejo, 1994. Vallejo, California, September, 1992. Photograph.

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