Pattern: Claire Martin

This is a photograph of the quilt "Housetop" by Nellie Mae Abrams created c. 1970.

The quilt “Housetop” created by Nellie Mae Abrams created c. 1970. (Souls Grown Deep Foundation)

The quilt I selected is “Housetop” by Nellie Mae Abrams created c.1970. The patterns in this quilt are made entirely linear paths in the form of stripes. While there are quite a few stripes in the quilt, they fail to interact in a manner that would form a grid. The pattern in this quilt is caused by the repetition of the rectangular strips of fabric around the blue center square. The shapes in this image are all geometric as the edges are both hard and angular. Additionally, the rectangles of fabric, which are polygons, are organized and arranged in a very organized manner, and not in an organic way. The pattern of the inner portion of this quilt actually differs a bit from the rest of the quilt. While the inner portion frames two sides of one patch, with the rectangles attached to the left of the patch, the outside seems to frame each side of the inner portion.

The quilt displays the “Housetop” pattern which is displayed through the use of rectangular strips of fabric around a central patch and is a very popular choice of pattern. To show the contrast between the layers of the outline through the use of differing fabrics. A lot of attention is drawn between the grayish-white border and the strong blues and grays within the internal portion of the quilt.

This quilt reminds me of looking out a skylight or hole in a roof. The majority of the central square is blue, and the alternating outlines of blue, white, and grey sections represent the light streaming inside. However, due to the name the image is likely inspired by and representational of a housetop, as many quilts created in the “Housetop” pattern. This quilt appears to be made of denim and cotton, two popular choices of fabric for clothing. Similar to one of the quilts mentioned in the video, this one could have been made from the remnants of a loved one’s clothing in order to remember them. The quilt also could have been made to be representational of a specific place with the colors of the quilt tying it back to the location.

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