So…the last 4th of July firecracker had hardly sounded when the REBELS scooped me up and we were off to Sisters for three days of quilting, quilts and fun. I was signed up for a class with the ladies from Gee’s Bend and had a sack of fabric ready to take…
The first night though, we went to hear Bill Volckening talk about collecting quilts
This guy is from Portland and has quite a collection, about which he is PASSIONATE! He has many “New York Beauties” and kindly brought them for us to see…
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the 6 of us REBELS and quilter Tonya Riccuci were hanging out talking quilts (here’s Tonya under the “collaboration quilt” Kay and I made last year…)
and then we got into Gee’s Bend land…first hearing the ladies talk abut their work and their lives in the auditorium
and then, the reason I came, the class the next day where a roomful of us sewed and sewed
including my “across the table” neighbor Shelley who was a bit overwhelmed at first…
but with Louisiana’s help, and Ruth’s help, she came on strong.
I’ll post a picture of mine when I finish it up this week. In the meantime, here is part of the quilt I had along as handwork…
and here’s the “mystery quilt” I talked to Bill V. about. Is it an Andrea Balosky quilt (a sort of wonky “Drunkard’s Path”)? Is it a found piece??? The plot thickens!
I’m so glad you got to come with us! The Rebels would not be complete without you. Can’t wait to see your Gee’s Bend inspiration.
I cannot wait to see the rest of your quilt! It looks so amazing.
So fabulous to meet you in person! Love love love the collaboration quilt and the soft faded one you’re currently quilting. Fantastic work. Love the Gee’s Bend quilt you’re doing as well – looking forward to seeing pics!
great documention about the passion for and the beauty of quilts. !!