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I was hoping to learn more about the methods, philosophy and history behind the quilts of Gees Bend. There is a unique aesthetic that these quilts have, and although I have read several books on the subject, the opportunity to spend time with two Gees Bend quilters was priceless.

The most important result was leaving knowing I had made two new friends. I learned so much, not just about the materials, patterns and methods of quilting, but also the history of Gees Bend. Loretta took me on a tour of the area and told me about her family and her experiences growing up. I brought one of the books I have about Gees Bend and she took me around to have many of the women in the area sign the book. The generosity of both Loretta and Marlene is what made this trip extra special.