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Thread: Gees Bend Quilters

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    Gees Bend Quilters

    A friend of mine told me about this group of quilters in a small town in Alabama. She visited the group once.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-c...?device=iphone

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    thanks for the link. i'd known about these quilts for some years now, but the smithsonian article was a great read. my christmas gift from my sister this year was a collection of gee's bend quilt postcards. i love them so much, i can't seem to use them to write to anyone
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    Gees Bend about 35 minutes from my house. The ladies operate out of a tiny community building and work at home. Many of the folks who live there work here in Selma, if you run into anyone with the name Pettiway they are most likely from Gees Bend. Met several of the ladies at different things around town, craft shows, etc. they also put items for sale in a shop we have here for local artists called Blackbelt Treasures which is in Camden. I sell many things there myself. If any of you ladies would like some pictures I wouldn't mind going and taking some one day this coming week. Just let me know. With the exception of Montgomery all towns around here are small, that is the norm. I think there are only about 45,000 people in the whole county and 22,000 of them are here in Selma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    Gees Bend about 35 minutes from my house. The ladies operate out of a tiny community building and work at home. Many of the folks who live there work here in Selma, if you run into anyone with the name Pettiway they are most likely from Gees Bend. Met several of the ladies at different things around town, craft shows, etc. they also put items for sale in a shop we have here for local artists called Blackbelt Treasures which is in Camden. I sell many things there myself. If any of you ladies would like some pictures I wouldn't mind going and taking some one day this coming week. Just let me know. With the exception of Montgomery all towns around here are small, that is the norm. I think there are only about 45,000 people in the whole county and 22,000 of them are here in Selma.

    I would love to see some pictures! My friend who told me about it grew up just outside of Birmingham. She was so excited telling me about her trip there.

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    There was a Quilt Show in London On Canada about 2-3 yrs ago and it was the quilts from Gees Bend. Some of the ladies were allso at the show. It sure is a different way of quilting. The women do wonderful quilts with what they have to work with.

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    Saw the exhibit in Memphis years ago. Was very impressed! These ladies demonstrate what quilting is all about. Need, resources, and art...

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    Some pictures would be lovely!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    I would love to see some pictures! My friend who told me about it grew up just outside of Birmingham. She was so excited telling me about her trip there.
    Yes would love to see pictures.
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    For those interested in pictures, at the bottom of the article there is a link to a photo gallery.
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    Thanks for the link,I so enjoyed reading it. Blessings

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    If you like their style, I just saw a quilt kilt at Tuesday Morning's that used fat quarters (included in the kit), The quilt kit it's self made one of the Gee quilts. It was priced at %$29.99
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    I didn't get to the exhibit they had at the High Musuem in Atlanta but I did get a poster later . It hangs on my sewing room door. I love their quilts. Use up and make do and still its some of the most impelling art I have ever seen.

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    I would love for you to take pictures. I love Gees BendThank you for offering!
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    I have had the pleasure of meeting several of the Gees Bend Quilters here in AL. They were very interesting to talk to and also have seen on PBS tv about the story of them. Back in the 60`s when there was no jobs especially for Black women and the civil rights struggle a man from ,I think NY came down to help them to register to vote and saw their quilts and bought some and took them home and other people saw them and bought more. They have toured and dispolayed their quilts all over the nation. Some of them told me they never thought they would ever make that kind of money on their quilts, they are very expensive, about the only people I know who actually get paid enough for their quilts. Very lovely people!!!

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    Some of the ladies from Gees Bend were at the Sisters quilt show a couple - 3 years ago. Lovely ladies and their work is fantastic!

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    I was able to see the show at the flint mi art museum, it was great to see it. Nice to see something needful and useful honored! I brought home the poster aso. The post office honored them with the quilts on stamps years ago, I bought extra so "someday" I could make a display in my quilt room.

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    Yes I saw the same documentary PBS regarding Gee's Bend. I would love to see some photographs if your so inclined. I have never been there but some day I would like to visit and meet some southern quilters along the way.

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    The original modern quilters! I saw this exhibit when it was in St Louis a few years ago. Really humbling.

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    Saw Two Quilts

    I went to a quilt show this morning. It was a traveling exhibit from a New York museum. Two of the quilts from Gees Bend were there. I took a photo of one before I realized we weren't supposed to!
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    I HOPE that the Gee's Bend quilters HAVE gotten the $$$$ proceeds due THEM from the quilt exhibits, the resulting books, licensing, kits etc
    I remember hearing there were problems initially with the promotion of their quilts, and being compensated fairly ... ???

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