Double Wedding Ring
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
104” x 91 1/2”
Photo by Mark Eifert, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
Detroiter Zelma Dorris, raised in a South Carolina family of generations
of talented needleworkers, was taught that she" should always
quilt with her needle pointing towards the north since that's where
opportunities for blacks are." By the time Dorris was five
she was threading needles and listening to her grandmother tell
spellbinding stories about how quilts were used during slavery.
The hems, she was told, were hiding places for important messages
from slave to slave.
American Quiltmaking in Michigan