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Kalahari Quilts - Sunsets

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Under The African Waters. Artist Statement. Work is raw edge machine appliqued and heavily reinforced with silver thread painting all over the art work to give it a lot of shine, it is meticulously hand beaded. Braid and Stitch is happy to announce that this art work is the winner of the ‘Sharon Guthrie 2010 Award for Innovative Art’ at the ’2010 Festival of Quilts Expo’ in Portland Oregon in March.

Gee’s Bend is a community on the curve of the river Alabama River, and home of a historical quilting bee. Over six generations, the women of the bee have produced quilts that combine elements of Amish, traditional American and African influences, and often utilise fabric scraps and cast-offs to beautifully wonky effect.

Through those generations, the women of Gee's Bend have taught their daughters to quilt. However, isolated culturally and geographically from other communities, they developed distinctive and sophisticated techniques with little outside influence. Their quilting style is based on traditional American and African quilts, but with a geometric simplicity likened to modern art. To piece together their quilts, the women salvaged any material they could find — from feed sacks to old work clothes.

al.com: Alabamiana - A Guide to Alabama

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Through those generations, the women of Gee's Bend have taught their daughters to quilt. However, isolated culturally and geographically from other communities, they developed distinctive and sophisticated techniques with little outside influence. Their quilting style is based on traditional American and African quilts, but with a geometric simplicity likened to modern art. To piece together their quilts, the women salvaged any material they could find — from feed sacks to old work clothes.

Sewing a Quilt. Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Listen to this lovely 2003 NPR Talk of the Nation story showcasing old and dynamic quilts created by a group of women who live in the isolated, African-American hamlet of Gee's Bend, Ala.

Harriet Powers 1837–1910 was an African American folk artist and quilt maker from rural Georgia, United States born into slavery. Now nationally recognized for her quilts, she used traditional appliqué techniques to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events on her quilts.

Beautiful African-American quilts - reminds me of a storybook about a lady who knitted a map of the countryside onto a quilt to help a young girl escape slavery in the south.

African American Pine Burr Quilt American 1920's Exceptional African American Pine Burr quilt. All hand quilted and pieced. Found in Selma, Alabama. Fantastic color placement and design. These quilts were made with leftover fabric and clothing. These quilts are very labor intensive and would take many years to finish

Sewing a Quilt. Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Listen to this lovely 2003 NPR Talk of the Nation story showcasing old and dynamic quilts created by a group of women who live in the isolated, African-American hamlet of Gee's Bend, Ala.

Gee's Bend Quilts: distinctive... bold... modern... yet hand made in 1950!!! quilting style based on traditional American (and African American) quilts, but with a geometric simplicity... like modern art. Awesome history.

Lemon Tree Tales: Gee's Bend Quilts Exhibit

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Harriet Powers was an African American slave, folk artist and quiltmaker from rural Georgia. Her quilts are considered among the finest examples of 19th century Southern quilting.

Mules Made by Mary Maxtion Made in Boligee, AL c. 1990 IQSC 2000.004.0062 Robert and Helen Cargo Collection of African-American Quilts

Crib Quilt, Unknown, ca. 1945. From Heart to Hand: African American Quilts Exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art.

These remarkable quilts are made by Siddi women of India who are part of the African diaspora.

ANTIQUE VTG QUILTS AFRICAN AMERICAN FEEDSACK STAR BLACK FOLK QUILT HAND COTTON