if you've read anything about american quilting and it's recent history, especially the modern quilting movement, you've probably come across the term "gee's bend quilt." i enjoy reading about quilting history almost as much as i enjoy actually making my own quilts, so after coming across the term a few times, i looked into it. i found not only a book for myself, gee's bend: the architecture of the quilt, but a children's picture book, stitchin' and pullin': a gee's bend quilt by patricia mckissack, which follows along as a young "bender" girl describes her journey from baby playing under the quilt frame to making her first quilt. there's quite a bit of african-american history woven into the story. best of all, the young narrator describes how she makes fabric selections for her quilt from scrap clothing and fabrics; every piece has a meaning.
- the paisley - lots of flowers
- the brown spot - a hole i found that one time, probably a snake hole
- pink oval elements - keeping dad's rules, because this one is in order like all his rules
- burnt orange scroll - dad
- purple flowers - flowers i find and trees; i find lots of flowers
- blue - Jesus because i think of him sometimes when i'm lying in the tent or feel him when we are at the campfire
- brown ditsy floral - dirt
- navy blue solid - the river
- green flannel - grass because it's green and fuzzy
- white spots - marshmallows
- orange - camp fire
- green with circles - trees
project life. i'm so far behind! probably even farther behind than i am on quilting. there are just never enough hours in a day or lifetime to do all the things i'd like to.