Thursday, February 16, 2012

Quilting, Gee's Bend, Flags and Levis...

Art, Quilting, Sewing and Creativity. Sometimes a storm of perfection happens, this is a story about that Perfect Storm. A few years back we featured an article on the Gee's Bend Quilt Collective. Recently we stumbled on a fun video featuring many pairs of re-purposed Levi Jeans that had been transformed into flags, in the Gee's Bend signature style. They were hung in the windows of Levi Stores across America. They were made by two gals, Hannah Sitzer & Sarah Snyder who have an overabundance of vision and an adventurous spirit. More about these gals in a while.
The ladies of Gee's Bend, pronounced "jeez" have been creating quilts since the late 1800's, in a small little hamlet in Alabama. Their style is distinct, unique and graphic. Their quilts are shown in Museums and Galleries all over the country. The color, style and workmanship are fantastic. The interesting thing is that these quilts have inspired Artist's and Quilter's the world over. It is a feast for the eyes to go online and search Gees Bend Quilts and take time to really look at the images. WOW. The colors and graphic punch of these very special pieces is truly brilliant. Imagine how a quilt like this, on a bed, hanging on a wall or placed over a banister could change the look of a room and punch up the art and color in any space. It could easily be placed in a modern/contemporary style home as easily as a traditional/historic home. The possibilities are endless.
Many Quilter's and Artist's are using this particular line of quilt design for inspiration. The look is both Contemporary, Historic and Artful and apparently timeless.
So maybe now you will be inspired you to create your own version of a Gee's Bend Style quilt, painting, wall-hanging or???

A Group of talented window dressers whose client was in this instance, the Levi Store, came up with a fun and creative idea, inspired by the Gee's Bend Quilts. They created "Flags" from old pairs of Levi's. Many of the Gee's Bend quilts have old denim in their patterns, some quilts are entirely made from re-purposed denim.

Want to learn more? Click on these links. 1 2 3 4 5

Click and watch this 1 minute video. Fun.

Boy, it has been BUSY here at the store. We can only guess you all are inspired and have "creating fantastic projects" on your minds! First we would like to tell you some good news. The SHIPPING NEWS. We are offering a maximum $4.99 shipping cost for ground orders sent within the continental US!
For many of you that is cheaper than the gasoline to get to Gastonia and shop the store. We know it is super fun to come in and spend a good part of the day, in 32,000 square feet of cloth. Bolts and bolts, aisles and aisles oh yes, fabric, everywhere. But you can also have a great time on our Website. We would like to remind you to visit the SALE page and SEASONAL SPECIALS. The prices are lower than our everyday prices and you will save a bundle, guaranteed. Log on today, peruse our online fabric collection, you will have a great time, be inspired and probably find exactly what you have been looking for at a great price!
Do you have a project, made with Mary Jo's Cloth? Would you like to be featured in a future blog article? Now is the time, email us a few photos and a few words about your project, you and your blog or website. We thank-you in advance.


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nice idea.. thanks for sharing.