Today’s featured quilt was inspired by none other than the quilters of Gee’s Bend. Great inspiration will inspire you to take an idea, reinterpret it and make it your own. This quilt was a collaborative project for an online quilting bee, so it was 10 quilters interpretation which adds a certain complexity and interest to this quilt.
Lisa Filion who blogs at http://www.upstatelisa.com asked her nine Bee-mates to create a row in this quilt. She then took these 10 rows and combined them to form this quilt which she then hand quilted in Size 8 Perle Cotton.
In Lisa’s own words: “The story of the quilt is that I belonged to a flickr group called Row 10. Each month, one of the members chose a theme and all members created a row 60 inches long and 6 inches to 12 inches wide in that theme for that member. So when it came to my month, I decided that I would like a Gee’s Bend inspired row from each of my friends in solids. I ended up calling the quilt, “GEE’S whiz, i BEND wanting a quilt like this! Thanks Row 10!” It measures approx 60 inches by 74 inches and now hangs on the wall in our hallway so I can admire it each day!”
Lisa has been sewing since she was 13 when her paternal grandmother who was a master seamstress, knitter, smocker etc. gave her money for her first sewing machine. She took a quilting class at a local community college just before her first child was born and she was hooked. She can’t believe she’s been quilting now for almost 20 years!
You can find Lisa on her blog at www.upstatelisa.com and this quilt was documented on her old blog at upstatelisa.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-equation.html. You can also find her on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/upstatelisa/. Sadly there are no modern quilt guilds in upstate New York where she lives but she does luckily have 4 quilt shops within a 20 mile radius of her home!