The updated due date is January 29th 2015.
This year, after watching the Gee's Bend video, we were inspired to have a guild challenge inspired by the quilts of Gee's Bend.
This challenge will be a little 'looser' in the criteria in that there is no set rules to follow, other than 'inspired by Gee's Bend quilters'. The only requirement is that the quilt be lap-sized (50 inches to 70 inches in width).
Bear in mind some of the recognized characteristics of Gee's Bend Quilts:
- not squared up
- bold colors
- use old clothing or other fabrics, different types of fabric (cotton, denim)/li>
- made to be used
- bold, geometric designs
- inspired by things around you (house tops/bricklayer)
- hand quilted
For more inspiration, do some research!
Your fellow guild members: A few of us in the guild have taken classes from the quilters of Gee's Bend before. Ask them to bring their quilts to a meeting, or talk to them about what they learned in the class. As we're all working on the challenge, let's have discussions at our meetings about what our inspirations have been.
Here's Kristin's quilt that she made in a class from them!
Books: there are a few published books available at the Deschutes Public Library.
Videos: there are some amazing documentaries available.
Here's the one we watched at Christy's a few months back, called the Quilters of Gee's Bend.: http://video.aptv.org/video/1724622078/
And a Martha Stewart Video: http://www.marthastewart.com/910995/gees-bend-quilting-techniques-and-history
Internet Search: search for "Gee's Bend Quilts", or do an image search, or look at Wikipedia.