African American Quilts
19th- and 20th-century quilts made by African Americans, with a particular style: colorful, random, and roughly made, along the lines of the famous Gee's Bend, Alabama quilts. The jazz of the quilt world.
The Silly BooDilly: More Gee's Bend Quilts
Mary Lee Bendolph is one of the quilters whose lives inspired "Gee's Bend." Alabama dramatist Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder weaves a narrative that follows several quilters over decades.
Like others in the small southern Alabama community of Gee's Bend, Arlonzia made quilts to keep her family warm. But now, quilts by her and several generations of women are hanging on museum walls -- extraordinary work, from an extraordinary place. The exhibition is called "The Quilts of Gee's Bend."
The Running Stitch: Gee's Bend
AFRICAN AMERICAN QUILT Strip quilting, flying geese improvisation Cotton. Red, white, blue, salmon and beige 1st half of the 20th cent, St. Louis MO 80” x 72”