Susana Allen Hunter

I just discovered this amazing quilt maker from the 1930's. She lived on a tenant farm in Alabama and made her quilts out of things that were available to her: work clothes worn in the fields, sacks from the cotton seed they planted, scraps from clothing sewn by hand for her family, and sugar sacks from the local general store. These photos are from an exhibit at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.

The first quilt called the "Britches Quilt", was most likely made from Julius Hunter’s worn clothing, and could be an icon of the Southern tenant farmer. The front of the quilt is made from worn denim overalls and flannel work shirts. The backing is made from mule feed sacks. The second photo is the back of a quilt made from used corn meal sacks.