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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Elongated Hexagons
Mary Sue Hannan
Washington D.C.
64" x 78"
MSU Museum Accession 2008:119.18, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Here is what Mrs. Benberry wrote regarding this quilt: "Mary Sue and I attended a big open air quilt show in a park at the Sully Plantation where Mary Sue saw the quilt top for sale. Mary Sue bought the top, completed the quilt, and knowing of my long-time interest in charm quilts, gave the completed quilt to me as a present. A funny thing happened the day we went to Sully Plantation. I invited an African American friend to go with us. She declined and said, "Oh, Cuesta, for me to go to any kind of plantation, I really will have to make a "serious attitude adjustment!!! When I think of what plantations meant to black people in the past, I can't summon enough courage to go there today." Well, I did go, and have a lovely charm quilt as a result, a beautiful memento of a happy day."

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