Seattle sojourn

img_3472.jpgBack from a weekend of quilting and talking and eating great food.  Sunshine, views of water and mountains, the company of good people and QUILTS.  The weekend began for me with Bru and a coffee (in my quest for the most beautiful coffee this one fell short–but it WAS good!) and a view of the city at dusk from west Seattle.  Friday was Tacoma and the Gee’s Bend Quilt show at the Tacoma Art Museum (a little gem) and a wonderful lunch at Indochine (where one quick move off the huge mahogany bench could land you in a large pool of water–so discreet you didn’t even notice it was a “pond”).  The whole Gee’ds Bend tradition of women gathering and working and talking was the core of the weekend which produced many completed projects including two quilt tops, two cushion covers, two squares for a shared quilt, and more.  It was fun and lively.  Once Bru appeared in the basement quilting room like an angel with a tray of ice water and a bowl of chips.  But today it feels really really like fall.  My thoughts are turning to Thanksgiving and soup recipes.  mmmmmmmm.


  1. Sounds like a great long weekend of craft, conversation and family. Wondering if Gee’s Bend is a quilter term or a geographic place or both. You all were prolific!

  2. Gee’s Bend is a place–a town in Alabama in a hairpin curve of the Alabama River. It has about 700 residents, all African-American, most descendants of slaves who worked the nearby Pettway Plantation. The women of Gee’s Bend have been making quilts for over a century but have been discovered. Their quilts are original, beautiful, colorful treasures. Most of them are made from scraps.

    Now that they have shows at MOMA, a variety of galleries, and a traveling version (now at the Tacoma Art Museum), are collected by the Smithsonian, have a series of prints of quilts pulled at Gemini Press, they are big time. One quilt might sell for $25,000. And good for them. LeeAnn’s quilt group theorizes that white women can’t make quilts like this, but they’re trying. I actually think we can but have to find more original visual patterns–which is what I’m working on!!! Pattern Language!!!!

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