The Quilt as Art: Rags to Riches
|"QUEEN OF STRINGS"|
|String Pieced quilts by Katie Mae Durham-Tatum (born 1917-).|
|Juanita Louise Henry-Durham. The "QUEEN OF STRING PIECED STARS"|
and Earnestine, one of her twin daughters. She has had a lifelong best friend in Katie Mae
Tatum. She married Katie Mae's younger brother LONZO.
|Willie Anderson Durham (Papa Bud)|
|Cuny Anderson Durham and wife Romy.|
He was born in February 1901 and died May 1969.
|Clara Venetta Durham-Peters. She was born |
November 1,1903 and died September 30, 1999.
She married Prince Peters.
|Lillie Elliet Durham-Guaritty. Born|
September 1,1904 and died September 1982.
She married Fred Guaritty.
|Gladys Celia Durham-Henry ("BIG MAMA"|
Born July23,1906 and died April 1996.
She married Willie Elbert Henry Sr.
|Capoleon Yale Durham and wife Eula.|
Born 1907-died 1988.
|Walter and his wife Ovena Simmons-Durham.|
Born June 29,1915-died
|Katie Mae Durham-Tatum|
Born August 18,1917-
She married Henry Tatum.
|Alonzo O'neil ("LONZO") Durham and his wife ,Juanita Louise Henry-Durham.|
Lonzo was born March 6,1921-died March 24,2006. His wife of 64 years,Juanita,was
born June 1,1921..She was Lonzo's sister, Katie Mae's ,lifetime best friend from
childhood and also first cousins to Willie Elbert Henry,Sr.....husband of
Lonzo's sister,Gladys. Juanita and Lonzo were also cousins via their shared grandmother,
Patsie Reddick., Lonzo thru the Titus lineage from Patsie's first marriage
and Juanita thru the Manning lineage from
Patsie's second marriage.
|This Folkart creation and the one directly below it were inspired from|
Newspaper Crossword Puzzles. Gladys loved to use them as patterns
for developing quilt ideas.
|Gladys Henry's Handpainted Bible Story Quilt. Created|
around 1969. This is the very last quilt I (Sherry A. Byrd)
ever saw my grandmother work on. She was creating it the
year I graduated from High School and went off to college
that Fall to Sam Houston State University. It would be 40
years before I would ever lay eyes on this art work again.I
retrieved it from being thrown on the burnpile or trash heap.
|Katie Mae and her husband, Henry Tatum.|
|This beautiful Lone Star Quilt was pieced by Katie Mae Tatum,|
while she resided in Austin, Texas. In 1954 when she and her
husband, Henry came home from Denver,Colorado for a vacation,
she and her sisters Gladys and Clara hand quilted it together.
|This quilt was begun by Clara V. Durham-Peters, but had to be finished by|
her younger sister, Katie Mae after Clara went blind while creating it.
|This is Clara Venetta Durham-Peters. She was born in 1903-died in 1999.|
Clara married Prince Peters and lived a simple country life as the photo
below shows. She and her husband Prince lived in the Butler area of
Freestone County, Texas. They had no children.
Clara was a quilt maker and sometimes quilted with her sisters Gladys
and Katie Mae...before she went blind.
|Katie Mae's Pinwheel Quilt on display in Quilts of Color Exhibit ,Texas Folklife|
Resources Gallery, Austin, Texas...1999.
|This beautiful folkart piece was created from handkerchiefs which|
belonged to Henry Tatum, Katie Mae's husband.
|Besides quilt making Katie Mae also became very|
good at embroidery as the two photos above show.
|Stacia Manning-Henry (Born December 9,1897-Died November 11,1982).Stacia|
was born in Oakwood, Texas and attended School in Freestone County.She is the
Mother of Juanita Louise Henry-Durham. Stacia created and quilted the Ninepatch
shown below . This quilt is 100+ years old.
|This "LAZY GAL"/#1 creation was created from the old farm|
shirts and work clothes worn by Lonzo Durham...who was a
farmer all his life.
|Hand dyed lining for "Lazy Gal /#1.|
|Family Quilt makers Interview With Star-Telegram Reporter|
in Spring of 2002.
|BIG SQUARES AND REVERSIBLE, TOO.|
|Lazy Gal #2/Side 1|
|Lazy Gal # 2/side 2|
|Lazy Gal #3/Side 1|
|Lazy Gal 3/side 2|
|Lazy #4/Side 1|
|Lazy Gal #4/Side|
|Lazy Gal #5/Side 1|
|Lazy Gal #5/Side 2|
|Lazy Gal #6/Side 1|
|Lazy Gal #6/Side 2|
|Inner Works of Cotton batting in Lazy Gal #6.|
|Storms Clouds rolling in......|
|Moon Phase on a dark Night|
|Stormy Sky Scapes|
|Birds' Nests High In The Trees|
|Red Clay Roads|