11 boldly expressive quilt designs

It can be easy to dismiss quilt patterns from last century as culturally irrelevant. But the bold patterns of Gee’s Bend quilts show an essence of Warhol in their contemporary patternings.

These quilt patterns began in the rural, isolated community of Boykin, Alabama and went on to gain national recognition for their seemingly improvisational designs. A craft that began with the intent to make a functional object for warmth, evolved into designs that are geometric, boldly colored, and highly expressive.

Several Gee’s Bend quilters have been recently been awarded 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowships.

Mary Lee Bendolph- Blocks, strips, strings and half squares- Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioMary Lee Bendolph- Mama's Song-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioMary Lee Bendolph-Housetop Variation-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioMary Lee Bendolph-Strips and Strings 2003-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioMary Lee Bendolph-Workclothes Quilt-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioLoretta Pettway-Blocks and Strips-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioLoretta Pettway-Bricklayer-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioLoretta Pettway-Housetop Variation-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioLucy Mingo- Log Cabin-Straight Furrows- Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve PitkinPitkin StudioLucy Mingo-Blocks and strips work-clothes quilt- Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin StudioLucy Mingo-House Top Log Cabin variation-Courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Steve Pitkin-Pitkin Studio
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