(American, 1928-1988) Strip Quilt, about 1975
Cotton denim, corduroy
Gee's Bend, Alabama
77x 67 in.
Collection of Eleanor Bingham Miller L2010.42.49
In the isolated, rural community of Gee's Bend, Alabama, quilt making runs through the community's history, from the nineteenth century through the present. Like many Gee's Bend quilts, this example combines practicality and sentiment. It uses recycled fabrics, a useful practice long associated with quilts, particularly those from rural areas. Some of the fabrics come from old work clothes and, as such, inject memory into the quilt: memories of those who wore them and the work that shaped their lives. The other face of the quilt was fashioned from strips of colorful corduroy.