The women of the Gee's Bend Quilters Collective all live in the area of Rehoboth and Boykin, Alabama.
Throughout much of the twentieth century, making quilts was considered a domestic responsibility for women in Gee's Bend. As young girls, many of the women trained or apprenticed in their craft with their mothers, female relatives, or friends; other quilters, however, have been virtually self-taught. Women with large families often made dozens upon dozens of quilts over the course of their lives.
The women consider the process of "piecing" the quilt "top" to be highly personal. In Gee’s Bend, the top—the side that faces up on the bed—is always pieced by a quilter working alone and reflects a singular artistic vision. The subsequent process of “quilting” the quilt—sewing together the completed top, the batting (stuffing), and the back—is sometimes then performed communally, among small groups of women.
Most of the quilters were featured in the book Gee's Bend: The Women And Their Quilts (Tinwood, 2002), where extensive biographical information can be found.
The quiltmakers respectfully request that the public address all inquiries to the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, not to the individual quiltmakers.
Read about the history of the Quilt's of Gee's Bend.
|Mary Lee Bendolph||Agatha Bennett||Mary L. Bennett||Sarah Benning|
|Willie Ann Benning||Minnie Sue Coleman||Gloria Hoppins||Nazareth Major|
|Helen McCloud||Lucy Mingo||Flora Moore||Ruth Mosely|
|Addie Pearl Nicholson||Mertlene Perkins||Allie Pettway||Annette Pettway|
|Arlonzia Pettway||Belinda Pettway||China Pettway||Creola Pettway|
|Essie Pettway||Jessie T. Pettway||Leola Pettway||Linda Pettway|
|Lola Pettway||Lorraine Pettway||Lucy T. Pettway||Luella Pettway|
|Malissia Pettway||Mensie Lee Pettway||Qunnie Pettway||Rita Mae Pettway|
|Bettie Bendolph Seltzer||Sue Willie Seltzer||Florine Smith||Gearldine Westbrook|
|Irene Williams||Nell Hall Williams||Lucy Witherspoon||Nettie Young|