Gee’s Bend Inspired Quilts

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As we near the end of February, and Black History Month, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite group of crafters from my state history: The Gee’s Bend Quilts.

Gee’s Bend (Boykin, Alabama) is a rural community southwest of Selma and has become known for the abstract quilts made by the generations of African American women there. These quilts were made with whatever scraps of fabric they could find such as old clothes or aprons.

Read more about the Gee’s Bend history with these books:

  

 

Our variation of the quilts we made used just a few materials.

Materials:

  • Cardboard
  • fabric scraps
  • scissors
  • glue

 

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 We made a trip to our local craft store and stocked up on some fabric scraps from the remnant section that had an additional 50% off. I also pulled out some old jeans of mine that were ripped beyond repair!

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I cut the fabric into strips and various shapes before we started.

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We selected some sturdy cardboard pieces from our recycle stash to glue the fabric to.

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We arranged and glued our fabric scraps to our cardboard to resemble a quilt.

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Our finished quilts:

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