Gee's Bend Quilting | April 5-8, 2018


Gee's Bend Quilting | April 5-8, 2018


To enroll in this class, first click "register" and fill out the pop up form. Then, select and pay for your lodging and meal option below.



($252 tuition + $97-427 lodging & meals package of choice)

This is a rare opportunity for quilters of all levels to sew alongside Alabama's famed Gee's Bend Quilters! China and Mary Ann are available to assist with hand- and machine-stitching, or share tips for creating in the style of the Gee's Bend tradition. Singing and storytelling included! 

Bring your own works in progress or fabric scraps to start something new. Depending on your skill level, you will go home with some quilt blocks or a full pattern and many good memories.

Class Level: Multi-Level

One of Gee's Bend's leading gospel singers, China Pettway, is one of the few locals who attended college and returned to live in the community. China was taught by her mother, Leola, how to quilt at the young age of eleven. "We had to quilt until 10 at night. Then, she would let us stop and get to bed. That was every evening except Saturday and Sunday. I made my first quilt, it was a 'Star.' And I still have it." Now a home-health worker, Pettway enjoys working with the elderly. "I love my patients and I think they are the most sweet and beautiful people you can meet." Singing is Pettway's hobby.

Mary Ann Pettway is currently the manager of the Gee's Bend quilters collective. She made her first quilt for the collective in the summer of 2005. The seventh of 12 children, Mary Ann Pettway was born and raised in Gee's Bend. She has one married daughter and two grandsons. After graduating high school in 1975, Mary Ann took college bookkeeping and accounting classes before working in a sewing factory for 20 years.

Pettway is one of the lead singers of the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church and became involved with quilting after hearing about the trips the quilters of the community went on. "Before I started back to quilting, I was with (friend) Sabrina's grandmother Arlonzia a lot and heard about these trips they would go on (to other cities through The Quilts of Gee's Bend traveling exhibition.) So I told her, "I'm tired of hearing how good of a time y'all are having. I want to start having a good time too." So she told me, "Well then start quilting!" And she is, thankfully, still quilting today. 

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