Some of you who are longtime readers will remember that in April of 2013, I took a workshop with a couple of the Gee's Bend Quilters. What a week that was! So of course I was very interested. Here is where my quick reading kicked in. I didn't fully read the flyer, I went on the title. I am so glad that I did. You see, Irene Latham is a fiction writer. She has won awards for two children's fiction books. That would have been fine. I happen to love children's books. But I was expecting a different type of program.
As Irene talked about doing the research, meeting the quilters, and going to Gee's Bend - memories flooded my mind. She mentioned hearing the ladies sing. I confess that my eyes got quite wet and needed wiping. I remember hearing these two ladies, that I am so happily standing between, singing while we sewed.
|Mary Ann and China Pettway|
from Gee's Bend
At the guild meeting, I was approached by a lady who told me that she recognized me from this blog! She was so nice, she said "You look younger in person." (I may not believe it, but it surely made me smile.)
I also enjoyed the "show and tell" that is a part of most guild meetings. I took some pictures of quilts, but as I did not ask permission to post them, I will simply keep them for my own enjoyment.
I should mention that Irene Latham''s book is "Leaving Gee's Bend" and her website is at www.irenelatham.com
In other news - ha ha - the warp that I dyed back in July was put on my loom this past weekend.
Since I like to try doing new things, I decided to split this warp and turn part of it the opposite direction. Good news! It worked out just fine. Here is the warp after dyeing - and while it was still wet, so the colors look darker than they really are.
Here is a photo of it on the loom- shown from the back of the loom:
I am having a great time weaving this fabric. It looks like springtime is here already.
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