Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Love....Gee's Bend Quilts

You see this painting? Gorgeous, right? I remember looking through the newspaper a while ago and falling in love with this painting.'s not a painting. It's a quilt. Astonishing.

It's a quilt made by an artist from the Gee's Bend Quilter's Collective. Gee's Bend is this tiny, isolated village in Alabama - tiny, as in less than 300 residents (according the 2010 census). Most of the residents are descendants of former slaves who worked on the Pettiway plantation. Due to the fact that the area was without a ferry service for many, many years, the quilters were able to develop their own artistic style without much outside influence.

If you haven't heard about these artists before, a brief history of the women of Gee's Bend can be found on NPR. This book and this book will hopefully join my library one day. I may never be able to afford an actual Gee's Bend quilt but perhaps a print of a quilt (sometime down the line). Sigh....such beauty. Which one is your favorite?

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