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Mississippi Quilting: Hystercine Rankin
Hystercine Rankin
For many years Hystercine Rankin from Lorman created quilts for one purpose: to keep her family warm. She began when she was twelve, helping to make covers for her ten brothers and sisters. Rankin continued this work for her own family, providing quilts for the beds of each of her seven children. In 1988 she began teaching quilting at Mississippi Cultural Crossroads in Port Gibson, and has passed on her knowledge to many children in the community. Rankin has mastery of many of the traditional quilt patterns like the log cabin and the string quilt. However she makes her own unique versions of them, improvising with colors and shapes to create distinctive works. More recently she has begun making "memory quilts," using applique and embroidery to create quilts that relate family stories and scenes from her life.

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Hystercine Rankin works on a quilt.

Mrs. Rankin recalls how she began quilting and explains the design for her "Jungle Vine" quilt (see below).
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Photograph by Patricia Crosby/Mississippi Cultural Crossroads.

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