Monday, 15 April 2013

improvisational patchwork

....... 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.....

I have always loved looking at the quilts from Gee's Bend  & been inspired by the idea of using what you had.   I have some days off at present and decided I would try something quite out of my usual comfort zone. I did make a few rules........ use fabrics from my stash/ use mainly solids/ be "free" in terms of piecing/ make something of a practical size/ and, if it doesn't fit - make it!!!!!!!  
Luckily it all went together v. easily.   I also had some suitable caramel backing fabric and have now made the black binding (in anticipation!!),             
so my only real problem now is  - how to quilt it?!?!?!?!?!?


  1. I love it. I guess the traditional Gees Bend look would be a baptist fan? It would be great to see it at our Monday meetings.

  2. I agree w Heather - as they would have quilted it back in the olden days.

  3. Thanx, baptist fan it is then! and I'll bring it along to the next MM meeting too. I can quilt while you all chat!!! L


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