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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Hearts and Pomegranates
Lena Moses and Livia Moses
Roanoake, Virginia
88" x 82"
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.10, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

From Cuesta, "Made by the sisters, Lena and Livia Moses, Roanoke, VA. as a birthday gift for me. I had sent the pattern to them and they liked it very much. They made several quilts of this design. A boutique owner in Atlanta just snapped up these quilts for sale in her shop, and wanted more. I met Lean and Livia back in the early 1960s, early on in my career, and we remained friends until their deaths."

This quilt recalls early quilting designs in America. Pomegranates were thought to symbols of fertility and good harvests. Hearts were used in many designs in early America art, especially in quilts seen in Pennsylvania area. The colors, too, are evocative of work done in the 1800s in that area. German settlers brought these colors to America. What is interesting about this quilt is that the sisters chose to work the applique designs on only one piece of fabric instead of four large blocks and then adding a border. This made the work mored difficult. They had mastering quilt making techniques.

By Mary Worrall

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