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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Roll Tide Guy—Alabama State Quilt

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One year ago on Round and Square (6 April 2012)—Fieldnotes From History: Gordian Knots
Two years ago on Round and Square (6 April 2011)—Endings: Tristes Tropiques

[a] I'm Innocent...Roll Tide PD
I'm Innocent...
Roll Tide

But now that I have your attention, I want to tell you a little bit about the Alabama State Quilt. We call it the "Pine Burr Quilt."
[b] Suspense RF

This is a(n) heroic story of gender, creativity, and civil rights. It's not just a quilt. It is the very fabric of the new Alabama.

Here's my favorite part of the legislation. I had never thought about "tedious swatches" or their breathtaking effects.

WHEREAS, China Grove Myles, a farmer, was the only one left in Gee's Bend who could sew the Pine Burr Quilt, a pattern involving hundreds of tedious swatches that unfold before the eye in a breathtaking, three-dimensional effect; and...

Who knows? After rehab, I might just add quilting with the talented people of Gee's Bend to my list of activities (including square-dancing and salamander activism).
[c] Gee's Bend Quilter
Women from Gee's Bend work on a quilt during the 2005 ONB
Magic City Art Connection in Birmingham, Alabama -
photo © Andre Natta on Flickr - use permitted with attribution

[Originally posted on June 19, 2014]

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