Have you heard of the Gees Bend quilts and their quilt makers? Many of the leaders in the Modern Quilt movement, have considered their quilts a significant influence on their work.
Did you know that you can create a Gees Bend-like quilt using Electric Quilt? Check out the latest designs from those in the Tech Know Quitlers EQ8 Membership Studio.
Gees Bend Background
“The women of Gee’s Bend—a small, remote, black community in Alabama—have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. Resembling an inland island, Gee’s Bend is surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River. The seven hundred or so inhabitants of this small, rural community are mostly descendants of slaves, and for generations they worked the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation. Quilt makers there have produced countless patchwork masterpieces beginning as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, with the oldest existing examples dating from the 1920s. Enlivened by a visual imagination that extends the expressive boundaries of the quilt genre, these astounding creations constitute a crucial chapter in the history of African American art.
Gee’s Bend quilts carry forward an old and proud tradition of textiles made for home and family. They represent only a part of the rich body of African American quilts. But they are in a league by themselves. Few other places can boast the extent of Gee’s Bend’s artistic achievement, the result of both geographical isolation and an unusual degree of cultural continuity. In few places elsewhere have works been found by three and sometimes four generations of women in the same family, or works that bear witness to visual conversations among community quilting groups and lineages. Gee’s Bend’s art also stands out for its flair—quilts composed boldly and improvisationally, in geometries that transform recycled work clothes and dresses, feed sacks, and fabric remnants.”
Tech Know Quilter's Gees Bend-like Quilts
The Tech Know Quilters in the Modern Quilt class were challenged to create their own quilt in the spirit of Gees Bend using Electric Quilt. I think after looking at the quilts you will agree that they did an amazing job.
Tech Know Quilters Modern Quilts Class
Would you like to learn how to create your own modern quilts?
The class may be purchased as a stand-alone class in my store for $50 -- or if you enroll in Tech Know Quilters during my next open enrollment period (which will be in mid-September), the class will be $30.
If you are currently in Tech Know Quilters and want to take this class next month as an add-on to your current class, please send me a note and I will get you a discount coupon.
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