Quilts of Gee's Bend 1000 Piece Puzzle
The women of Gee's Bend -- a small, remote, Black community in Alabama -- have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. Resembling an inland island, Gee's Bend is surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River. The some seven hundred inhabitants of this small, rural community are mostly descendants of slaves, and for generations they worked the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation.
Quiltmakers there have produced countless patchwork masterpieces beginning as far back as the mid-nineteenth century, with the oldest existing examples dating from the 1920s. Enlivened by a visual imagination that extends the expressive boundaries of the quilt genre, these astounding creations constitute a crucial chapter inthe history of American art.
Finished puzzle is 27 x 20 inches