Thank you for sharing these beautiful quilts, and their story! Since then, quilts from Gee’s Bend have been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and others. If you are not already familiar with the quilts of Gee’s Bend, you are in for a visual treat! See more ideas about gees bend quilts, quilts, african american quilts. I had read some of their story already but thank you for more links to learn even more. I have your Baby Lattice Quilt pattern and will tackle that one of these day, and I’m determined that 2020 will be the year that I finally tackle FMQ. "Logcabin" -- single-block variation, tied with yarn, ca. These were women with little leisure time who were creating survival essentials to keep their families warm – not luxuries. They didn’t have access to oodles of raw materials to create with so they used what they had on hand. But there is something about the isolation of this community that influenced a clear style and amazingly artistic eye. I think these quilts are AWESOME! And I love that your most recent quilt was a Craftsman quilt. In the late 20th century a collector researching examples of African-American art  discovered this surprising treasure trove of quilts dating back to the 1920’s up through the 2000’s. I debated sharing this post today because I don’t want to be insensitive to or try to appropriate an experience that I didn’t personally have. a.k.a. I have always found Gee’s Bend quilts fascinatining. This experience is way at the top of my ‘someday’ bucket list! Housetop Nine Square Variation by Arlonzia Pettway, image source here. That is so kind of you to say. Site by Spunmonkey Design. I found a copy through my library system and have requested it through inter-library loan. I enjoyed reading this. I’d be there this month if not for the pandemic, which forced postponement of the summer and fall sessions. As we have traveled this amazing world we live in, we have met people that have instantly become friends. Galleries of textile artwork and art quilts by Helen Geglio. Thank you for sharing this, always delightful to learn more. Yes, I need to make this happen! I love when people link to or pin my content, only please cite the original post. 1975, corduroy, 88 x 78 inches. The most recent quilt (and the most advanced, for me) was your Craftsman quilt that I made in 2019 for our newest grandchild. You guessed it: green. I am so excited. All of the credit goes to these inspiring makers. This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best user experience possible. (It sells out quickly, by the way.). Hi Amy, Thank you for this wonderful post. My desire on this blog has always been to celebrate and share talented people of a variety of experiences. Keep shining and sharing. What a lovely story. Amy, Your light shines. I love when art and the south are combined. Scraps of fabric, leftovers from the bare necessities of life. This article in Smithsonian Magazine tells about the original exhibits and interviews some of the living quilters. A perfect post at the perfect time, in my opinion, so thank you Amy! Finally, did you know that you can attend a Gee’s Bend Quilting Retreat with China Pettway and Mary Ann Pettway? You should go! Let’s hope that the travelling exhibit does an encore as a result of the global conversation. It’s tender & powerful & she learns lessons from her quilting. Loretta Pettway (American b. I was privileged to see the Quilts of Gees Bend exhibit when it was traveling. Source: google.com via Barbara on Pinterest Source: google.com via kira on Pinterest Source: None via Tonya on Pinterest "Strips and Strings" by Mary Lee Bendolph of Gee's Bend, 2003 Source: guildess.wordpress.com via Jackie on Pinterest. I’ve been moved by the experiences and openness of these women sharing their stories of deprivation, poverty, persecution, and racism, as well as their humor, faith and kindness. Gee's Bend quilt patterns are displayed in Boykin, Ala., on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Thank you so much for the recommendation! 1975, corduroy, 82 x 74 inches. I adore their work. All Rights Reserved. There are also some excellent videos documenting the history as well as the women who are still living and quilting in Gee’s Bend. sdfilmgirl has uploaded 304 photos to Flickr. It is clear to see that you are a woman of faith. You can learn a bit about art history, civil rights and minimizing waste with this fun and easy paper quilt art lesson about Gee’s Bend. In 1965 the little community was visited by Martin Luther King and many of them joined him in a march for voting rights in nearby Camden. We know better…it is time to do better. The community is about as isolated and rural as it gets, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Alabama River. I highly recommend the Gee’s Bend Quilting Retreat, held a few times a year in a rural setting near Canton, Miss. But I still had no interest in quilting until 2017 when our first great-grandchild was due.

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