Posted 10 years ago
This is my great aunt,Katie Mae Durham-Tatum. In our family she is the Queen of African American M-provisational String piecing in quilt making. The quilts above are just a taste of the many beautiful string pieced quilts that she has created during her lifetime. She started making quilts at eight years old when her mother taught her to piece tops. Her mother died when she was twelve years old. Katie Mae married at the age of fifteen and was on her own. She continued to create quilts for bed covers for her family of two, she and her husband. They had no children. She has pieced and quilted for the public continously. She was born in 1917 and is now ninety four years old. Recently in 2010 she had to be placed in a Nursing Home because of recurring heart troubles as she lived alone and the doctors were concerned that she might not be able to continue to take care of herself. Up until that time she kept a quilting frame set up in her living room every day of the year and only removed it during the Christmas Holidays thru New Years day. The public kept her very, very busy piecing for them and handquilting. She had originally taken on the job to help her sister, Gladys Celia Durham-Henry to handle the heavy load of quilting that she was doing.She to is a 3rd generation quiltmaker in theEdward "Ned" Titus family lineage.