Gees Bend One-Patch Quilt – Diamonds Variation
Set on point, alternating squares of green and fuchsia velveteen are framed by a fuchsia border.Full description »
Set on point, alternating squares of green and fuchsia velveteen are framed by a fuchsia border. A contrasting brown colour has been used for corner triangles and in eight central squares. Machine-pieced and hand-quilted in white thread. The quilting is of freehand parallel lines, approximately one inch apart. Straight lines intersect the diagonal parallel lines at random intervals, often ending abruptly. The quilt is backed with cream cotton, which has been turned over to the front to create the binding.
As part of his work to document Civil Rights abuses, the Episcopal priest Francis X. Walter was in Alabama during the 1960s. He saw the quilts being produced by the women of Gees Bend and recognized the opportunity to form a co-operative business, making these quilts for sale. On 26 March 1966, the quilters met in a local Baptist church and established the Freedom Quilting Bee. This was the first business owned by African-Americans in Wilcox County, Alabama. The quilts were sold in New York City, and the cheque for the first seventy quilts sold ($2,065) was spent on necessities such as washing machines, indoor plumbing and the tuition payment needed to send the great-granddaughter of a slave to college.
From 1960 to 1969