A Bit of Gee’s Bend, Alabama in New York

Gee's Bend quilt made by Queenie Pettway
Gee’s Bend quilt made by Queenie Pettway in Mary Ann Pettway’s guest room where I slept.

I’ve never seen an exhibit of Gee’s Bend quilts, but I did sleep under one.  When I went to stay with Quilter, Mary Ann Pettway,  last spring in Gee’s Bend Alabama, on the bed in the guest room was a quilt made by Mary Ann’s Aunt Queenie. Better than an exhibit, right, I got to touch it and cover myself with it.

But a bit of Gee’s Bend has made its way to New York.  And tomorrow, Jon and I are going to experience  it.  Thanks to an email from Miriam, I found out about the Gee’s Bend Quilt and Photo Exhibit at Lehman College in the Bronx.

It’s the Gee’s Bend quilts that inspired  me  to make art again after not doing my work for so long.  I saw the catalogue from the exhibit at the Whitney Museum, but had never seen a Gee’s Bend Quilt in person until I went to Alabama last year.

I’m really excited about seeing this exhibit tomorrow.  Ready to soak it all up and be inspired all over again. We’ll be staying over night in NYC and will be back on Sunday.  I plan on taking lots of pictures and will let you know all about it when we get back.


4 thoughts on “A Bit of Gee’s Bend, Alabama in New York

  1. Maria, have a wonderful trip. I’ve been saying to Anyone to who will listen to me that I must have a Maria Wulf quilt someday soon. Go soak up the beauty for me please.

  2. This is so colorful and original, with most of the small shapes and bright colors in the center, surrounded by large more muted rectangles. I would not have thought that arrangement would pull my eye around the whole quilt the way it does. Annie

  3. Oh, I would love to see this exhibit! I’m so glad the two of you are going and will be sharing pictures and your impressions, thanks!

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