Stars and More

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Stars and More, ca. 1975-1980

Mary Lucas (American, 1926–2009)

Pink Lily, Autauga County

Cotton, cotton/polyester blend, and polyester

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase

MMFA #2004.21.8

 

The Stars and More quilt contains stars, as well as what seems to be the repeated appliqued stylized image of a farmer with a hoe. Mary Lucas includes flower imagery, thus linking the world of nature in both the stars and flowers, with the human farmer who is dependent on nature to produce his crop. 

 

Mary Lucas is a self-taught quilt maker from Pink Lily, Alabama, in Autauga County. She was born in Elmore County, Alabama in 1926. Mary Lucas, like many folk quiltmakers, often incorporates blocks of many different designs in her pieced projects. Some quilters do so to use up leftover blocks; however, many quilters have a more sophisticated reason: they want to give the eye a little jolt to keep the quilt from becoming repetitive and boring. Lucas belongs to the latter group. She is also one of the rare individuals who makes both pieced and appliqued quilts.

 

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