The women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama have developed a distinctive, bold, and sophisticated quilting style based on traditional American and African American quilts.
The quiltmakers have passed their skills and aesthetic down through at least six generations to the present. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend have been exhibited in major museums throughout the world, garnering tremendous acclaim. The Log Cabin, with blocks made by laying thin strips of cloth around a small center square, is the quintessential American quilt pattern. The earliest examples of the pattern date from the Civil War era and variations on the pattern continue to be made by quilters of all kinds today. Like many Log Cabins, ours is not lined and the top pieces are tied to the backing rather than quilted. The original was designed and created by Jessie T. Pettway in 1975.