Join Annie Stunden in sewing and creating the beginning of a Gee’s Bend style quilt top. You are invited to bring your fabric scraps, 2 1/2 to 5 inch strips work best to add to the solid color fabric pack will be provided for you. Annie will also have her scrap bag for you to dig into at a nominal cost. The possibilities for your personal Gee’s Bend style quilt top are endless. Once started you can grow this quilt top at home using fabric from your stash and from the clothes in your donation bag.
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend were created by a group of women who live in the isolated African-American hamlet of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. “The compositions of these quilts contrast dramatically with the ordered regularity associated with many styles of Euro-American quiltmaking. There’s a brilliant, improvisational range of approaches to composition that is more often associated with the inventiveness and power of the leading 20th-century abstract painters than it is with textile-making,” writes Alvia Wardlaw, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts.
The quilting tradition in Gee’s Bend goes back to the 19th century, when the community was the site of a cotton plantation owned by a Joseph Gee. Perhaps influenced in part by patterned African textiles, female slaves pieced together strips of cloth to make bedcovers. Throughout the post-bellum years and into the 20th century, Gee’s Bend women made quilts to keep themselves and their children warm in unheated shacks that lacked running water, telephones and electricity. Along the way they developed a distinctive style, noted for its lively improvisations and geometric simplicity. Registration required, class size limited to 12 students. Minimal experience required, if you can turn on a machine, you are ok!
Materials needed: Scissors for cutting thread. If you are an equipped quilter, bring your rotary cutter and the ruler that makes you happy. Please bring with you a seam ripper, rotary cutter, and a small cutting board if you have one.
Materials Fee: $25.00 for material to build your top. This fee is payable to the instructor in class. (Check or cash only)
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