Alabama Department of Archives and History
Untitled, ca. 1930s
Sarah Gomillion Beasley
Red Level, Covington County
All the squares in the Beasley quilt were pieced with fabrics cut in strips and placed diagonally, essentially creating a sense of triangles within the square. The individual fabrics were dispersed throughout the quilt, which leads the eye to move around the top, seeking out various repetitions. By moving the strips from top to bottom and left to right in the squares, the artist further confounds our eyes and creates a surface that seems to visually expand and contract.
This early 20th century quilt was made by Sarah Gomillion Beasley of Red Level, Alabama. The quilt demonstrates the economy of fabric so common in quilting during that period. Fabric in good condition was recycled for bedding, clothing, and other household uses. For example, the backing of this quilt is made from salt sacks marked “Jefferson Island Salt Mining Co.”
Back to quilt pair.