The quilter Rosie Lee Tompkins felt she was an instrument of God and saw her work as an expression of her faith and his designs. She is noted for saying, “If people like my work, that means the love of Jesus Christ is still shining through what I’m doing.”

“In this medley of blue denims, Tompkins pays homage to her grandfather, a farmer, and her sons, with scraps of worn overalls and the pockets and labels of jeans of more recent vintage. UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Eli Leon Bequest; Ben Blackwell”