SEARSPORT — Three of Alabama’s Gee’s Bend quilters will teach quilting classes at Fiber College of Maine on Route 1 from Wednesday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 7. Gee’s Bend quilters include: China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettway, and Revil Mosley.
Gee’s Bend quilts are currently on exhibit in Searsport at Penobscot Marine Museum in “Do It Your Way”: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine” through Sept. 7. The PMM exhibit is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.
Gee’s Bend is a tiny remote town in rural Alabama. For decades, the women of Gee’s Bend made quilts to keep their families warm, creating their own designs in isolation. In 1998 art collector Will Arnett recognized these quilts as important works of art and organized “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend,” an exhibition which began at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and travelled to nine major museums across the country including the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Whitney Museum in New York City.