Fresh Flickr Finds: Gee’s Bend Inspiration

June 21, 2010, 11:25 am  Posted by Lark

With their bold colors, modern lines, and strong geometric shapes, the quilts of Gee’s Bend are a rich source of inspiration for modern quilters, stitchers, and artists of all kinds, especially those with a penchant for improvisation. This story of these fascinating quilts is truly inspiring; for a bit of background on the quilts, the quiltmakers, and the community itself, visit The Quilts of Gee’s Bend site.

Here’s a handful of Gee’s Bend-inspired pieces from flickr, but there are many, many more, including a whole group devoted to the subject.

(Click on the links below to find more work from each of these artists.)

1. Nancy, 2. Detail of Elements #29, 3. blue quilt in bad light, 4. gee’s bend in blues, 5. liberated log cabin, 6. Wave quilt, 7. Work Quilt #2, 8. Shirts from the Goodwill Store, 9. detail of quilting, 10. Baby quilt, 11. Study in Orange Mini Quilt, 12. Gee’s Bend style quilt


15 Responses

    Gosh! These are great. Something about #12 really speaks to me. I think it is the red line…I also really like the color combo in #1!

    Tiffany says:

    Wonderful quilts! I am partial to #4. Love your new site!

    sy says:

    these quilts are beautiful. want to make one like the baby quilt by simply robin.

    jovita says:

    l have loved these for years. Am throwing this summer after about twenty years and am thinking of using these for inspiration to decorate.

    Su says:

    I remember the first time I saw these quilts,I smiled til my face ached. They are glorious.

    Maeve1947 says:

    Just beautiful! So alive.

    Kathie says:

    I saw these in Indy several years ago – what gorgeous pieces from such humble materials. True craft and artistry.

    Amckenzie says:

    Is it possible these quilts will come to La Conner, Washington's Quilt Museum for a showing. It would allow people in the NW to see them. With our weather we need to see these cheery quilts!

      AmandaCarestio says:

      You know, I'm not sure what the current exhibition schedule is. There is some info on their site about past shows (http://www.quiltsofgeesbend.com/news/index.shtml), but nothing upcoming. I would love to see the Gee's Bend quilts in person. Everyone I know who has has been totally blown away!

    Ljwright03 says:

    Beautiful quilts.

    Dmenberg says:

    These really captured the essence of the Gee’s Bend quilts.

    Kimberly says:

    At first I thought I liked the liberated log cabin best. Then I decided Gee's Bend style quilt was my fav. ALL OF THESE quilts are spectacular. Clicking on the larger images make me love even more.

    shannon says:

    I love the comtemporary feel to this. I really need to visit Gee's Bend. it is not too far away.

    Blueberrychicken says:

    I LOVE quilts. These are amazing!

    Cemetz says:

    These quilts are beautiful.

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