Stars, Diamonds & Triangles
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Stars, Diamonds and Triangles, 1993
Floydzeller Graves (American, 1922–2011)
Boligee, Greene County
Cotton and cotton/polyester blend
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
In Stars, Diamonds, and Triangles the composition is made up of an overall pattern of squares that suggest the compositional ability and vision of a single maker. Floydzeller Graves was consistent in her use of colors and fabrics, repeating shapes and colors at an identical scale throughout. The required significant patience and skill to cut and piece (or applique) the individual elements of the starburst forms, as well as the triangles and diamonds.
Floydzeller Graves is a self-taught quilt maker from Boligee, Alabama, in Greene County. She also went by the name Floydzellera L. Graves. Floydzeller Graves juxtaposed simple LeMoyne (or Lemon) Stars with a red-and-white geometric pattern known by several names, among which “Gentleman’s Fancy” is a traditional favorite. Diagonal seams sew together the four pyramids of diamonds on this “Gentleman’s Fancy”, which is a most unusual construction for a block that is usually made by working from the center square out.
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