quilts of gee's bend


First Freed: Washington, DC in the Emancipation Era by Elizabeth Clark-Lewis

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
by Edward E. Baptist

The Kidnapped and the Ransomed: The Narrative of Peter and Vina Still after Forty Years of Slavery by Kate E. R. Pickard

David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City by Graham Russell Gao Hodges

Slavery in New York by Ira Berlin and Leslie M. Harris

Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City by Carla L. Peterson

Lifting As They Climb (African-American Women Writers, 1910-1940)
by Elizabeth Lindsay Davis and Sieglinde Lemke

One More River to Cross: An African American Photograph Album by Walter Dean Myers

Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl by Tonya Bolden

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend by William Arnett and Alvia Wardlaw


This uplifting, Emmy-winning PBS film tells the modern-day “Cinderalla” story of the quilt-makers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. Artists born into extreme poverty, they live to see their quilts hailed by a The New York Times art critic as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced." 


I cannot see fairies; I dream them.

Here are some of the images on my inspiration board right now. (I can’t source all of them as many are pages ripped out of magazines long ago.)

Oh how I must have a chandelier hanging in my garden someday.

The bookmark was made by my parents, it’s from one of the earliest years of their leather-work business.

Is there anything more surreal and magnificent than sea dragons?

Stockholm, and flowers by Odilon Redon.

It would be really fun to do a photo shoot of a tea table and props in a boat.

I took this of my sister Eva years ago.

Fabric waiting to be made into a folklore themed sewing project.

I want a dreamy blue bed like this for naps. Below is Stockholm again.

The quilts of Gee’s Bend.

Lilla My and Moomintroll.