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Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry, An American Quilt Scholar

 

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Photo of Cuesta's Stars quilt  

Cuesta’s Stars
Bobbi Finley, Bettina Havig, Barbara Brackman, Judy Severson, Carol Jones, Georgeann Eglinski, Kathy Ronsheimer, Carmel Retimen, Kathy Sullivan, Erma Kirkpatrick, and Julie Powell.
Point Bonita, California
67" x 67"
2003
MSUM #2008:119.37

Every year for a number of years, Cuesta and a group of quiltmakers, quilt historians, quilt teachers, and quilt authors met for a retreat at Point Bonita, California, to share ideas and work on quilt projects. Each woman, keeping in mind that Cuesta's favorite color was blue, provided her own fabric and design.

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Photo of Afro-American quilt  

Afro-American Women and Quilts
Cuesta Benberry
1979
St. Louis, Missouri
53" x 78"
MSUM #2008:119.1

Afro-American Women and Quilts is the only quilt that Cuesta made. In every block in this sampler quilt, Cuesta uses a visual symbol to pay tribute to quilts made by different African-American quiltmakers.

     
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Photo of Cuesta's Choice quilt  

Cuesta’s Choice
Hazel Carter
1983
Vienna, Virginia
18" x 18"
MSUM #2008:119.21

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."

     
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