patchwork

January 7, 2019

I admire a quilter’s patience, persistence — hours and hours poured into one piece of work. I came across this beautiful Gee’s Bend quilt and I thought immediately of my mother-in-law, Frida and my neighbour, Alison, who both bring such talent and passion to what they make. I went on to read that in the 1920s, the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, would sew quilts for their families from remnant fabrics. The designs were so original that in the 1960s, Civil Rights leaders decided to help the women sell their quilts by mail order for $25 a piece. Today, their collections are dispayed in major museums all over the U.S. with individual quilts selling for tens of thousands of dollars. 

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