African American Quilt
Dolores A. Hinson
27 1/2” x 35 1/2”
MSUM 2008:119.30, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
Dolores Hinson was a quiltmaker, quilt collector, pattern
collector, lecturer and quilt book author from the early 1970s-80s.
Some of her titles include; Quilting Manual, Quilter's
Companion, Sunbonnet Family of Quilt Patterns, A
Second Quilter's Companion, American Graphic Quilt Designs,
Quilts for Babies & Children, and Quilting Manual;
New: Designer's Boutique. Dolores refered to Cuesta as "the
Godmother of American Quilters."
Cuesta Benberry wrote: Dolores has reproduced figures of black
people that have appeared mostly on various quilts and made 12 diferent
blocks. Each block is set in a pieced frame of either red or green
calico which also forms the sashing. At the corners where the sashing
meets, she has placed small red, green and white calico Nine Patches.
The appliqued designs are placed on a white background, and are
recognizable as being designs from Baltimore album quilts, and other
album quilts, with one or two more modern designs. All of the work
is hand done. I have known Dolores Hinson since the 1960s, even
before her book was published. At the time her son, Trey, was about
7 years old, and my son, George was about 10 years old. Dolores
lived in the Baltimore area, and as she and her mother traveled
in search of quilt information, they would always think of me, and
bring back some unusual memento of their trip as a gift to me, such
as quilt dolls, etc. We have remained friends these many years,
and are now both grandmothers, children of our sons.