Inspiration & Motivation

A beautiful Gee’s Bend quilt currently on exhibition at Madonna University, Livonia MI

A beautiful Gee’s Bend quilt currently on exhibition at Madonna University, Livonia MI

This past FRIGID weekend after a few days of quilt workshops and teaching I forced myself back into my car to drive 20 minutes to see a very intimate exhibit of legendary Gee’s Bend quilts. It was a back to basics, motivational moment.

The days prior had been intellectually stimulating: dissecting the process of thinking about quilting subject matter, looking for inspiration in the every day objects, and how-to of production techniques. So it was a breath of fresh air to just slowly wander past the exhibit cases and visually breathe in the work.

The quilters of Gee’s Bend created works of art from fabric most likely NOT at high-end prices or from patterns or kits. Yet each was as stimulating as any famous quilter visually accessible by the internet.

I went home inspired by all the eye candy I had “eaten” the past weekend and motivated to appreciate and use what I had on hand.