Wednesday, March 12, 2008

a little bee

I have not always loved quilts. Growing up I associated quilts with old women. They just didn't seem like much fun. Fortunately, I grew up and discovered some old quilts and some new designers that turned my head around.

Many of you probably already know The Quilts of Gees Bend. They have been everywhere ... from Martha Stewart to Anthropologie. Gees Bend is a rural community outside Selma, AL. The women there have been quilting for over a century. Their vision is unlike any other. The quilts are bold in design and color - more like a modern painting than the old school quilts of your grandmother.

And then there's Denyse Schmidt. She is a modern quilt designer whose mass produced works have been at Crate & Barrel and Anthropologie. She also does couture quilts - made by hand, one at a time. All of her stuff is colorful and fun. Traditional with a modern twist. She actually has done some similar to those of Gees Bend (see the "square-in-a-square log cabin pattern").

1 comment:

hubs said...

My friend Megan makes quilts from photographs.

Check her out!