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American Treasures Stamps: Quilts of Gee's Bend

By September 13, 2006

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landscape quilt ideasThe American Treasures stamp series showcases American fine art and crafts. For 2006, art Director Derry Noyes chose photographs of ten quilts that were stitched between 1940 and 2001 by African-American women in Gee's Bend, Alabama. The quilts of Gee's bend are famous for their bold and unexpected color combinations. Some designs are improvised and many quilts were made from items such as clothing, feed and flour sacks and worn out denim and flannel work clothes. The rural community of Gee's bend was born after slavery was abolished, when former slaves became tenant farmers for the plantation owner. Quilting skills have been passed down through the generations and quilting is still an important part of life in Gee's Bend today. More than fifty women formed the Gee's Bend Quilter's Collective, an organization devoted to selling the quilts being produced by its current quilters.

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November 17, 2006 at 2:10 am
(1) Mark Robbins says:

I just heard that Kathy Ireland, the designer that does rugs, furniture, lamps and all kinds of stuff for the home, has incorporated the Quilts of Gee’s Bend designs into her line. I just saw the quilts on postage stamps and they’re beautiful. I would like to know where to find these items

December 31, 2006 at 10:27 pm
(2) Barbara Barran says:

My company, Classic Rug Collection, has been producing Gee’s Bend Quilt Collection rugs for 3 1/2 years. We were the first company to sign a licensing agreement with the quilters, and they receive a royalty on every rug that we sell. Please visit http://www.classicrug.com.

December 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(3) khayy Pettway says:

I own several quilts from Fees bend from my great and grandparents whom were born on Gee’s Bend…..yet very few were actual former slaves

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