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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Nancy Horvat
East St. Louis, Illinois
77" x 93"
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.17, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Here is what Mrs. Benberry wrote regarding this quilt:"Nancy, originally from Kentucky, loved to piece scrap quilts. She never planned the scrap placement on her tops. She would just reach into a pile of cotton prints, cut the patches, and begin sewing. It was amazing how harmoniously the colors went together when the quilt top was completed. I'd ask, "How do you know you won't get too large a concentration of either dark or light prints where you don't want that?" She said, "I don't worry about that because I figure it will all come out ok in the end." And it did!! She would just stick those patches on her sewing machine and often would hold a conversation with anyone who was visiting while she sewed. She was very casual about the whole thing, but her corners met perfectly. I never saw her take out stitches, or rework her blocks to try and even them up."

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