Do I have a treat to share with you today!! This striking contemporary quilt was made by my client Barbara, who was inspired by the iconic "Housetop" style of abstract quiltmaking that was pioneered by the African-American quilting tradition that originated in Gee's Bend, Alabama. If you're not familiar with the Gee's Bend quilting tradition, definitely check out both of those links. And then check out this article detailing the history of the Gee's Bend quilters in the Smithsonian Magazine, too. Do it now -- I'll wait! Seriously! I would argue that the entire modern quilting movement as we know it today traces its roots back to "The Quilts of Gee's Bend" exhibit that took the art world by storm when it opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2002:
Gee's Bend's "eye-poppingly gorgeous quilts turn out to be some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced. Imagine Matisse and Klee (if you think I'm wildly exaggerating, see the show), arising not from rarefied Europe, but from the caramel soil of the rural South." -- Michael Kimmelman, Art Critic for the New York Times
|Barbara's 57 x 65 Housetops Quilt with Bobbing For Apples E2E|
So hopefully now you've given yourself a crash-course on the Gee's Bend quiltmaking tradition and you can fully appreciate what Barbara was working towards with this piece. Don't you just love the mix of colors and fabrics in her quilt? The vivid coral orange, salmon pink, brick red and mustard with just that little bit of deep raspberry convey so much energy! And I love how this quilt reads as though it's all solids from a distance, yet she does have that khaki and white stripe in there and wide swaths of the yellow tonal print fabric. Those details make the finished piece so much more interesting than it might have been with a more restricted assortment of fabrics.
|This Quilt Is Even More Gorgeous In Real Life|