Five years ago while visiting my old stomping ground in NYC I chanced upon a book at the American Fold Art Museum, The Quilts of Gee's Bend. Since then I have been haunted by the glorious spirit of these women and their quilts. They are big news now with a show that has been hung in some of the most prestigious museums of the US. Their unique history as six and seventh generation former slaves, sequestered in a secluded environment known as Gee's Bend, Alabama has given them a unique quilting perspective. Their materials are whatever they can find as expressed by my favorite quote about them, "Chance is their creative director." The quilts are fascinating in their haphazard depiction of standard blocks and their wonderful solutions to the age old problem of running out of a fabric...These wonderful women are quilting from the heart and are not one bit concerned about the size of the binding or the quilting stitch. They quilt with wild abandon and the result is pure joy.
Deborah Sargaet of Creative LIving Media, or as most of us know her as the publisher of Down Under Quilts Magazine, has organized to bring 60 of these quilts to Australia as part of the Quilt Indulgence Festival to be held at Cantebary Race track starting 31 of October. Do whatever you can to get to this show as it promises to deliver on an emotional as well as inspirational level. more on this later but we hope to see you there and hear all about what you think! Enjoy this lucky opportunity! kathy