|Mary Ann Pettway, Lucy Witherspoon, China Pettway, Gloria Hoppins. |
Mary Ann and China did pretty much all the talking during the Keynote.
It was interesting to learn that there is not really any collaborative sewing or quilting at Gee's Bend anymore. Both Mary Ann and China said they now prefer to sew by themselves, and that they like their stitches to be the same size! But in continuing to travel, teach and share the stories of Gee's Bend, they are ensuring that this significant chapter of quilting history in America lives on.
The quilt show included an exhibition of a number of quilts from Gee's Bend. Here are a few:
|"Olympic Housetop" by Mary Ann Pettway c.2012|
|"Corduroy Mix #01" by Qunnie Pettway c.2008|
|"Square Blocks 1970s" by Rachael George-Carey|
|"Denim and Corduroy Blocks" by Flora Moore c. 2004|
I recorded the last song that the quilters of Gee's Bend sang and wanted to share it here - their voices and songs were moving and awesome - but I've had way too much trouble uploading it to this space - I think the file is too big and I'm too blog-clue-less to know how to sort it out. I might figure it out one day! Only one more QuiltCon blog post to come - the people, wahoo! Enjoy your Thursday, I'm hiding in the air-con today in 36-degree Brisbane - hopefully Brisbane realises very soon that it's autumn, not mid-summer. xoxo cat