This is Nettie Young. She is one of the Gee's Bend quilters. Here is what she said that stopped my in my tracks when I was reading last night, "I made all my children's clothes. Didn't need a pattern. Same with quilts. If I seen a dress or a quilt or something I liked, I can make it. I just draw it out the way I want it. In the quilting bee time, I started using patterns, but I shouldn't have did it. It broke the ideas I had in my head. I should have stayed with my own ideas."
photograph by David Raccuglia, 2000. From The Quilts of Gee's Bend.
This is one of her quilts below. She called it "Milky Way".
Leslie sent me a link to a Gee's Bend quilts video the other day and I am passing it along to you. It's just too good not to. I love what these woman have to say about why they quilt and their obvious joy in the process of creating.