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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Cuesta's Choice
Hazel Carter
Vienna, Virginia
1983
Cotton
18” x 18”
MSUM 2008:119.21, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

Cuesta said of the quilt, "[This was] designed and made by Hazel Carter as a surprise for me at the time of my induction into the Quilter's Hall of Fame. Prior to this I had found an early quilt pattern called "Hazel's Choice," and sent it to Hazel Carter to ask if she knew there was an early quilt pattern named for her. It was a kind of joke because that pattern was published before Hazel was born! Meanwhile, Hazel designed and made this quilt that she called "Cuesta's Choice." When she presented it to me at my induction, I was truly surprised, happy, and honored to have an original design named for me."

By Mary Worrall, from the exhibit Unpacking Collections: the Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An African American Quilt Scholar


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