|"Gee's Bend, A Story of the Alabama Quilters"|
performance at the Chattanooga Theatre Center.
The play was originally performed at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The story is about the women of a remote rural community in southern Alabama—their growing up and taking care of their families, their remarkable experiences during the Civil Rights era, and their time in the spotlight as their quilts were shown in art museums across the country.
My friend, Janet, and twice fellow guild member (we both belong to the Choo Choo Quilters and the Chattanooga Modern Quilt Guild), is curating an exhibit for the Theater Center in conjunction with the Gee's Bend performances. This exhibit will feature quilts inspired by the Gee's Bend style of quilts—bold, graphic compositions with a free-form, improvisational piecing style.
Janet brought a quilt she is working on to a recent guild meeting. Here is a detail of her quilt… that she is quilting by hand! Notice the piece of denim from an old pair of blue jeans in the patchwork.
|Detail of a quilt in the style of the Gee's Bend quilters.|
|"They had grown up among movie stars, |
but to them Jobs was a true celebrity."
|Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder and a few of the Gee's Bend actresses.|
Info about other Chattanooga area activities during QuiltWeek can be found here.