Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Gals from Gee's Bend visit Sisters

The Gee's Bend Quilters with Jean Wells far right in green who started and owns the Stitchin Post.
The front of the Stitchin Post on Quilt Day with Gee's Bend Quilts






Lucy Marie Mingo of Gee's Bend and me
Lucy and Reval Mingo sisters from Gee's Bend

If all the other things going on last week weren't spectacular enough, 7 women from Boykin Alabama visited Sisters and shared their story and their quilt making styles with us. Known as the Gee's Bend Quilters they represent an incredible piece of quilting history. The ladies that came to Sisters, presented a film at a large gathering Thursday night with a formal setting and 1600 people in the audience. They were delightful and shy and thoughtful in their presentation. But during the week in smaller settings, the ladies worked with grade school kids to make quilts, and with small groups of women to make quilts with clothing. They are truly the real thing. No fabric from quilt stores, just from the cloth that surrounds them. The results are of course truly wonderful and artful as well. I am sure I do them no justice in this blurb, but there are alot of sites and books you can check out on your own. If the quilts come near to where you live (I saw the exhibit in San Francisco a few years ago) then get thee to it! Here are some lovely images of the ladies I met. We talked thimbles, and arthritis and how wonderful an event the week at Stitchin Post is. They said they had never ever been welcomed and treated as kindly as Jean and Valori Wells and their staff had made them feel.

2 comments:

  1. What a great experience. How nice to get to actually hear them speak.

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  2. Love the people interaction as well as all the quilts!

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