Revenge of the Grandmas: Quilting as Communal and Personal Liberation

Not a class focused on traditional quilting and sewing styles, but an excuse to come together, exercise our artistic creativity and radicalism, make something useful and beautiful, and build friendship.

Picture old women sitting around a porch drinking beer, quilting together, creating something warm and strong, and talking about their lives. We are those old women.

This class is inspired by the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, an African American majority community settled largely by former slaves, isolated several hours from the county seat by a bend in the Alabama River.  For over a hundred years, communities of quilters created extraordinarily unique designs, largely out of old work clothes and inspired by the landscape of rural Alabama.

Though we will be working on individual projects, we will help and influence each other.  All genders and all skill levels welcome.

I facilitated this Free Skool workshop series three times in 2008, 2009, and 2011.  Each week dozens of people came together to learn to quilt and to sew.