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All of the quilts that we sell are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic. All restorations are noted. We always have many more quilts in stock and can fill your special request. Shelly purchases only extraordinary quilts in excellent condition.

Please e-mail Shelly if you have quilts that you are interested in selling. Shelly also takes special quilts on consignment to be sold. Please email Shelly for more information if you interested in consigning a quilt.

 

Condition Listings


Mint: Quilt is unwashed, like new condition. No stains, holes, color fading, or wear. No restorations or repairs. All seams and stitching intact. No batting shift noted.

Excellent: Quilt has never been washed. May have minimal fading or staining. No holes or tears. All stitching and seams are intact. May have some batting shift.

Good: Quilt may have been washed. May have some fading, staining, or discoloration. May have some age appropriate wear to fabric or binding. May have been repaired or restored. May have some loose stitching or open seams. May have a batting shift.

Fair: Quilt has been washed. May have fading, wear, and or staining. May have a small tear or hole. May have loose stitching or open seams. Batting may be shifted or exposed.

Poor: Obvious wear, staining, and or fading noted. May have tears, holes, or fraying. Loose stitching and or open seams may be present.

Quilts for Sale

Quilts of Gee's Bend

"...Some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced. Imagine Matisse and Klee (if you think I'm wildly exaggerating, see the show) arising not from rarefied Europe, but from the caramel soil of the rural South in the form of women, descendants of slaves when Gee's Bend was a plantation. These women, closely bound by family and custom (many Benders bear the slaveowner's name, Pettway), spent their precious spare time -- while not rearing children, chopping wood, hauling water and plowing fields -- splicing scraps of old cloth to make robust objects of amazingly refined, eccentric abstract designs. The best of these designs, unusually minimalist and spare, are so eye-poppingly gorgeous that it's hard to know how to begin to account for them. But then, good art can never be fully accounted for, just described."

Michael Kimmelman ( New York Times November 29, 2002 )

Quilts in this Collection:


Diamonds (Cross) - Just Added!
BowTie - Just Added!
Bear's Paw - Just Added!
Nine Patch
Blocked Together
Chalice
Pathways
Star Quilt (tied)
 

Gee's Bend Quilts from a Private Collection

This group of quilts was purchased by a private collector from the women of Gee's Bend through Bill Arnett more than ten years ago. This same collector has also assembled and donated a significant folkart collection to his local art museum, where he has been actively involved for many years. These quilts represent the work of most of the well-known quiltmakers and some of their families. Many of the quilts were made early in their careers. This is your opportunity to own one of these treasures from the amazing quiltmakers from Gee's Bend. They have not been offered publicly until now.

Diamonds (Cross) - Just Added!

Made by Arie Pettway, around 1940's or 1950's, in Wilcox County (Gee's Bend, Alabama). Size: 68" x 72".

Available $3,800
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BowTie - Just Added!

Made By Annie Mae Young (born 1928). Made in the 1970's, Wilcox County (Gee's Bend, Alabama) Size: 85" x 68".

Available $5,700
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Bear's Paw - Just Added!

Made by Mary Lee Bendolph (born 1935), around 1990, in Wilcox County (Gee's Bend, Alabama). Size: 84" x 75".

Available $5,800
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Nine Patch

Made by Bettie Bendolph Seltzer (1939- ); c. 1998. Various fabrics, prints & solids. Size: 82" x 77".

Available $3,200 $2,850
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Blocked Together

Made by Louella Pettway (1929- ); c. 1990. Various fabrics, prints & solids. Size: 86" x 82".

Available $3,850 $3,250
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Quiltmakers from Boligee (Greene County), Alabama

Some of the Boligee quiltmakers had relatives in Gee's Bend. However, Boligee, in Greene County, southwest of Tuscaloosa, is not as isolated geographically as Gee's Bend (Wilcox County, AL).

Chalice

Made by Mary Maxtion. Approximate Date Made: 1996 in Boligee (Greene County) Alabama. Size: 89" x 65".

Available $3,500 $2,900
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Pathways

Made by Iserene Taylor. Approximate Date Made: 1996 in Boligee (Greene County), Alabama. Size: 87" x 72".

Available $3,850 $3,300
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Quiltmakers from Mt. Pelia, Lee County, Alabama

Some of the Mt. Pelia quiltmakers had relatives in Gee's Bend. However, unlike Gee's Bend (Wilcox County, AL), the Mt. Pelia community, in Lee County, in the Auburn, AL metropolitan area, is not geographically isolated.

Star Quilt (tied)

Made by Georgia Avery. Approximate Date Made: 1999 in Mt. Pelia, (Lee County) Alabama. Size: 88" x 88".

Available $3,800 $3,400
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