Monday, September 19, 2005

It's Finally Here!!!

The Quilts of Gee's Bend (Alabama)

Last Sunday, the art museum here in Auburn Alabama opened its exhibit of the Gee's Bend quilts. Sundays there is no admission fee so we went yesterday after lunch. The quilts are beautiful. It is amazing what these ladies made with their scraps! The museum had a whole room devoted to quilts made out of old work clothes. Several of the women made these out of their husbands' old work clothes so that they could remember their husbands after they passed away. I plan to go back several more times before the exhibit leaves in December. I took my daughter with me and she really appreciated the bright colors and bold shapes. A lady we were with asked my daughter if she was going to learn to quilt and M told her that she already knew how! The lady was quite impressed!

Here are a few pictures I grabbed off the net of some of the quilts.


Sharon said...

If you ever get a chance to see the PBS special on the Gees Bend quilts, do! I was surprised to see some of the original makers being interviewed - and they were so interesting!

Leah S said...

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Tonya R said...

You are so lucky to have this chance to see these quilts. I've just had to drool on pictures - I did buy one of the books. The middle pic in your post is one of my very favorites.

Bonnie said...

I dream of seeing these up close! These are my favorite kind of maverick quilt! And they didn't especially try to make them funky or arty....and best of all, they were meant to be USED! :c)


Sewcatherine said...

I can't wait for the show to come to Atlanta....but I would rather see it in a small venue. Sundays is free? Hmmm.