Today, I went and visited the de Young Museum to see the quilts of Gee Bend. These woman are descended from slaves living on the former Pettway plantation. During the day, they worked the crops and at nite they gathered to make quilts. While quilting, they sang, prayed and quilted. The results are breathtaking. Their quilts are vibrant and amazing. Their circumstances were so dire that every scrap of clothe from old work clothes, fertilizer bags, and scraps of cloth found on the side of the road were scavenged and used. Each quilt is like an abstract painting. There is no picture of the quilts because photography was not allowed.
P.S. To see images of the quilts. See To see images of the quilts. See http://www.quiltsofgeesbend.com/quilts/. Make sure to click on the quiltmakers link on that page to see the woman.