Monday, August 31, 2009

I think I'll do a RE - Enactment - that is to create a... of Gee's Bend Quilt

I do a Bunny Shop Hop, and found this advertisment of four distictive quilts displayed in earlier years at the Quilts of Gee's Bend exhibit.... The Gee's Bend Solid Collection of solid fabrics are being promoted by ABCs of Quilting10 NW 5th StreetGrand Rapids, MN 55744!




"Housetop - 4 Block Variation" by Mary L. Bennett (b. 1942)


The granddaughter of Deila Bennett (1892-1976) ancestor of many quilt makers in Gee's Bend.





As quoted by Mary, "I was born down here in Brown Quarters and got raised by my grandmother. I started out working in the fields for my uncle Stalling Bennett. I didn't get no schooling - every now and then a day here and there. Didn't nobody teach me to make quilts. I just learned it by myself, about 12 or 13. I was seeing my grandmama piecing it up, and then I start. I just taken me some pieces and put it together, piece them up till they look like I want them to look. That's all."


"Housetop - 4 Block Variation" - 57" x 65"

Perfect Peace .... always a quiltin'


Friday, August 28, 2009

Prayin for a couple of Miracles - Frid-Sat-Sunday - Quilt

Could there be divine intervention, a change of heart, taking back of words.....acceptance into quilt publication. I am a true realist, practical.... disappointed unto tears at this time.

Nevertheless, and allthemore..... No excuses, missed it on honesty.... and consequences are drawn... to be delivered.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Quilt Musings....... a good sew...

Initial post August 2009... The finished product went to Bill Crye on Thursday noon.....10-15-2009   will pick up... YEAAAAA!

This is following from start to finish on my quilt journeys!


Monday, August 24, 2009

A Minstrel's Musings - a good read!

A Minstrel’s Musings is a collection of poems that celebrates the seemingly insignificant events that really define life, in all of its stages. Framed within images of antiquity (many medieval in nature), author Sarah Ashwood takes the reader on a journey that exposes those moments of romantic love, friendship, and loneliness that cause us to question our surroundings on this earth and our mortal existence.

Complementing these skillfully crafted lines of verse are original sketches that provide added breadth and tangible dimension to each topic. A Minstrel’s Musings is a wonderful first collection for this talented young artist who has just begun to discover and refine her poetic voice. Readers can be sure that Ms. Ashwood is going to contribute much to the dialogue that is modern poetry.

-John Napolitano, M.A.Instructor, John Wood Community CollegeAuthor of American Floaters and Only a River

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I struggle to master myself....

Lots of time lost, missing deadline... but I have worked thru on the Transcendence Obama quilt to be mailed -- jpg and tif files to Dr. Mazloomi... Pls Lord... hep a sister out...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Crafted Lives


In Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters . . . . .

Patricia A. Turner explores the culture and recent history of African Americans through the creations and wisdom of nine quilters. Turner profiles quilters who exemplify the range of black women and men dedicated to the making of quilts, and she shows how their craftwork establishes order and meaning in their lives. The artisans comprise eight women and one man, ranging from teenagers to octogenarians, representing an array of education and income levels, and living across the United States, including Alaska.



Turner also probes the ways in which African American quilts and quilters have been depicted, discussed, criticized, and characterized. From the displays of Harriet Powers's creations at the turn of the twentieth century to the contemporary exhibits of such black art-quilts as those promoted by Carolyn Mazloomi, and such utilitarian expressions as the celebrated examples from Gee's Bend, Alabama, Turner uses quilts to assess the level of control African Americans have had or have not had over the materials they craft and the art they leave as legacy to new generations.



Patricia A. Turner is professor of African American and African studies and the vice provost of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture among other books. Kyra E. Hicks is the author of Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook


The University Press of Mississippi is a not-for-profit publisher based in Jackson, Miss. Now in its 37th year of operation, the Press is supported by the eight state universities of Mississippi and releases 60 to 65 books a year.


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