I got to spend Saturday with Loretta Bennett of Gee's Bend, Alabama!
When Stephanie heard she would be in the area for another project,
she organized a sewing day for Gee's Bend quilt fans--like me.
Thank you so much, Stephanie!!
Here's Loretta showing how she takes apart jeans. There's a pocket perfectly picked off.
To her right is a polyester double knit block she made. She's wearing a t-shirt made from the design.
(She had been at Pilchuck school as an artist-in-residence. The t-shirt was made there.)
After telling lots of stories about growing up in Gee's Bend,
she took a strip from each of us to show how she makes a quilt out of anything she has.
All that, plus a leg of denim, and wa-la!
Behind her you can see some of the blocks made by participants in the class.
Loretta will take these home and put them together into one quilt.
Loretta is a really lovely person. Besides being talented, she's humble, generous, patient, and kind.
You can see some of her quilts here.
I finished this top, which I started in 2011 at another Gee's Bend class in Sisters, Oregon.
Below are some details.
Now, I've got a whole lot'a quilting to do!