The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter

Strip Quilt, 1950-1955

Pig Pen (also called Housetop or Log Cabin) Quilt, 1945-1955

Pieced Quilt, 1945-1950

Pig Pen (also called Housetop or Log Cabin) Quilt

Strip Quilt, 1965-1970

Strip Quilt

Mosaic Medallion Quilt

Strip Quilt, 1930-1935

Pieced Quilt, 1955-1960

Pieced Quilt, 1950-1955

Pieced Quilt, 1945-1950

Strip Quilt, 1960-1970.

Strip Quilt,1950-1960

Pig Pen (also called Housetop or Log Cabin) Quilt

Pig Pen (also called Housetop or Log Cabin) Quilt

Strip Quilt, 1945-1955

Strip Quilt, 1950

Pig Pen (also called Housetop or Log Cabin) Quilt

Susana Allen Hunter, Photograph from June 1960

Susana Allen Hunter (1912 – 2005) was an African American quilter from rural Wilcox County, Alabama. The daughter of Tobe Allen and Mary Richardson Allen, Susana married Julius Hunter (1909-1996) in the late 1920s. They had two children and also raised their grandson. Susana and her husband were sharecroppers or tenant farmers. They lived in a two-room house in Wilcox County, Alabama, 32 miles south of Selma.

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8 Responses to The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter

  1. Absolutely artistic and so beautiful, so beatiful.

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  4. I love these quilts. I am incredibly partial to the work of Anna Williams. This is the best link that I know for her work. Keep hoping we’ll get a fabulous coffee table book one of these days.

  5. anna says:

    i don’t know many quilt makers actually… besides you, my mom, and Lies Bos-Varkevisser, who i discovered randomly thanks to
    I used her cosmodust pattern (sort of) last summer to make twin baby quilts for my best friend’s twins – the first (and i think destined to be last!) time i’ve ever followed a pattern. I admire Bos-Varkevisser’s precision and symmetry, but find the process of producing symmetry myself boring as hell. I’ll stick with improvisational sewing from here on in! :)

  6. Rosa says:

    She’s my favorite quilt maker ever, I had seen some of her works before. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Lynda M O says:

    Validated by seeing displays such as this while knowing I can make neither square corners nor straight cuts and seams, these quilts makes me feel better about my work. There is no greater legitimization. Thanks so much for posting and also linking.

  8. Nancy L says:

    Oh…. I don’t know which one I like the best.. like jazz.. so beautiful..

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