Quilt of the Month


July 2007

July 2007

Flag Quilt
Mary Maxtion, Boligee, AL
c. 1990-1995
89" x 75"
IQSC 2000.004.0071
Robert and Helen Cargo Collection of African-American Quilts

Mary Maxtion is one of the most prolific quilters represented in the Robert Cargo Collection at the International Quilt Study Center, with nearly 30 quilts in the collection. Of those, seven quilts incorporate either flags or red, white and blue fabrics, as a means of expressing her patriotism and support during the Gulf War of the early 1990s.

The American flag floats upon a ground of blue and white squares that are set just slightly off center, giving the quilt a sense of movement that is contained by outer borders of blue and red.