Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Ladies and Quilts from Gees Bend

                                                 Quilters from Gee's Bend, Alabama.

My friend, Rosie, and I drove down to Eastern Illinois University on Sunday to see some of the Gees' Bend  quilts and quilters.  What an inspiration to listen to their life stories about growing up in the poor south, picking cotton, walking in the civil rights marches, quilting, and praising God for all of his blessings in word and in gospel music.  Their quilts are very unique--made from whatever materials were available, often making their own pattern  as they went.  They have been featured on NPR.  Their quilts have been displayed around the country.  If you get an opportunity to see them and their quilts, it will be a blessing.  I'm posting the quilts that were displayed on Sunday.  You can see more by googling Gees Bend quilts.

                            It took the lady, who is in her 80's, 2 1/2 years to make this beautiful quilt

                                          This quilt was made out of postal workers uniforms.

                                 Thank you, ladies of Gees Bend, for sharing your talent with us.

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