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The Cuesta Benberry Quilt and Ephemera Collection

Stained Glass Lampshade
Viola Canady
Washington, D.C.
c1990
Cotton
15” x 47” (diameter)
MSUM 2008:119.34, Gift of George Benberry
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan StateUniversity Museum

This lampshade is made in the stained glass style where each applique piece is secured with a strip of black bias binding 1/4" wide. This is a technique for which Viola was well known. It is made of 6 panels 8" x 15", where each panel has an appliqued daffodil, petunia, violet and green leaves. The bottom is bordered in green scallops. There is a 2 1/4" solid black border. The edges are turned front to back . It is not quilted.

Viola Canady founded a group called "Daughters of Darcus", an African American quilting group and a division of the National Quilting Association. Cuesta Benberry was made an honorary member of the Daughters of Darcus by Viola Canady.


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