Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Day with Loretta Bennett

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!


25 comments:

Mcm said...

I'm still smiling from such a wonderful time yesterday, outstanding videos and stories from Loretta and all the creative energy in the class. Thanks for sharing your pictures. It was so much fun watching your progress as you created your quilt.

audrey said...

Sounds wonderful! The viewpoint from someone who immerses themselves in that style of quilting would be so very interesting. Glad you were able to join in once again. I think I can definitely see where you get some of your influence from.:)

apiecefullife said...

I love this kind of quilting. to me it's the real deal!Thanks for showing us.

Sarah Martin said...

What a super fun day! Thanks for sharing pictures.
Loretta was at Pilchuck? Wow, that is so cool, a friend of mine was awarded a Pilchuck fellowship and just got back from there a couple of weeks ago. I wonder if they know each other! I'll have to ask her : )

Rachaeldaisy said...

You get to go to such wonderful classes, thank you for sharing it with us. I love what's going on in every photo of this post, especially the top you finished.

Kathie said...

I bet this was a fun class, think its exactly what I need to just stop over thinking quilt making!
Ilove the sleeve in the quilt with the button
what memories these quilts will have for you
Kathie

Helen said...

You take the best classes, LeeAnn! Can't wait to see these finished quilts.

smazoochie said...

What a wonderful time! I've got a big box of double knit scraps I could advice for, maybe I'll get out my Gee's Bend books & have a look.

Jenny M said...

Wow, how lucky you were to attend the class! Love the quilt you made.

Chris said...

Lucky you! Big fan of Gee's Bend quilts too - one question, I see she was starting with your precut strips, but does she normally cut her pieces with scissors? Thanks.

beth said...

Looks like so much fun! I'd love to take a class like this sometime. ;)

Karen said...

You just get to do the coolest things!! Loved this post.

Janet said...

How wonderul you got to do that class. I think we call all just free ourselves up now and again and make do with what we have.

fiberchick said...

Sounds (looks?) freaking wonderful!!!

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

So wonderful - I've admired Gee's Bend quilts ever since 9 or 10 years ago when the MFA in Boston held an exhibition. Thanks for sharing the photos and your process. Clearly such an inspirational and memorable day!

Kim said...

Oh wow this looks amazing....any gospel singing happening in that class? Your work continues to inspire and delight my senses.

Happy Sewing

Sharon said...

How fabulous, Love your new top. Yes, you have to get busy with the quilting! I'm brain dead from the new job, so the best I can manage has been hand quilting straight lines!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Oh what lucky gals you were!

You know I'm green with envy!!!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Wild! Thanks for the link, Nifty.
best, nadia

Annemieke said...

First Gwen Marston and now Loretta from Gee's bend....Thanks for sharing the pictures and stories. I wish I could have been there.
I started (after having printed out the pattern long ago when you made yours) an Alabama pine burr block today! I'm really excited about it!
Groetjes
Annemieke

Terry said...

Thankyou for all the photos and fun. I was fortunate enough to see the Gee's Bend exhibition in Reno NV 4 years ago. Just amazing.

Marit said...

Love your quilt top! What a fun day you all had... Creativity in the best of company. So nice to be able to take a little part in it from your post

; )

cinzia said...

first Gwen, now Loretta!? I wanna be your friend!

Tonya Ricucci said...

fantastic,sounds like a great way to have a Gee's Bend quilter teach. love your top - that large print just so makes it you.

Sherri ~ daintytime said...

Again - your doing fabulous improv work. Thanks for your thorough posting on Loretta's class. Wish I had been there!