Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Gee's Bend Quilters 2021



"The Gee's Bend Quilters Are Selling Their World-Renowned Wares on Etsy."


"Quilts made by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, are, according to The New York Times, “Some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced.”

 They’ve been immortalized on U.S. postage stamps and hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When Amy Sherald painted Michelle Obama’s stunning official portrait, she said that the quilts of Gee’s Bend inspired her depiction of the first lady’s dress.

And yet the women quilters of Gee’s Bend—most of whom are descendants of enslaved people forced to work on the Gee family’s cotton plantation—have reaped few financial rewards, despite decades of acclaim. 

Quilts bearing the Gee’s Bend name may have graced museum walls from the Smithsonian to the de Young in San Francisco, but the majority of households in the town have an income of under $10,000 a year, Bloomberg reported in 2018. 

Part of the problem is that the quilting collective hasn’t been able to monetize their art. Gee’s Bend, officially known as Boykin, is far from a tourist destination; it’s surrounded on three sides by the Alabama river, underfunded and isolated.

That’s not an accident. In 1962 white politicians shut down the Gee’s Bend ferry to prevent Black residents from voting. “We didn’t close the ferry because they were Black,” the sheriff reportedly bragged. 

“We closed it because they forgot they were Black.” Martin Luther King, Jr., visited Gee’s Bend three years later. 

“I came over here to Gee’s Bend to tell you, you are somebody,” he told the fired-up crowd, which included Gee’s Bend civil rights quilters who participated in the famed Freedom Quilting Bee."

Gratitude to Glamour Magazine for contents and photos shared here. πŸ’œ




And yes this one is now sold!


These are all most likely made by descendents of the original group that I so enjoyed during their lecture and quilt show, participation as part of the SOQS Picnic and Book Signing/Purchase outside of Jean Well's Fabric Shop
"The Stitchin' Post" in 2009.


Original Groups Quilts Shown Below Now in Private Homes/Museums




Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Gee's Bend Quilters
Photos 2009
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show Visit 





Lecture/Singing/ Their Quilts 




















Gee's Bend Quilters sing as they sign autographs. Pictured among the group are: China Pettway, Loretta Bennett, Mary Ann Pettway,Revil Mosely, Louisiana Bendolph, Lucy Mingo, Florine Smith. Taken in front of the Stitchin' Post, Sisters Oregon, July 11, 2009 







In the Beginning:
Michele Bilyeu Creates
*With Heart and Hands*

The Gees Bend Quilters




Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: The Saga of Gee's Bend: Continues....



 


Handed my camera to another quilters and was so thrilled to get in on their fun!

Loved loved loved these fabulous ladies.

πŸ’œ Blessings and Gratitude Abound πŸ’œ





Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: The Gee's Bend Quilters


Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: The Saga of Gee's Bend: Continues....



Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show 2009




Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands*: Gee's Bend Quilters Sing

(My personal video)






Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands

Friday, January 29, 2021

Night Sky Magic: Full Moon and Looking For Our Own Lion's Heart




Moon and Lion's Heart rise mid-evening January 29 and 30 | Tonight | EarthSky

On January 29 and 30, 2021, look up into the dark nights sky (and over in a general eastward direction) to see the brilliant waning gibbous moon pairing up with Regulus, the brightest star and Heart of the Lion in the constellation Leo. 
From most places worldwide, you’ll see the moon and Regulus by mid-evening, that is, midway between your local sunset and midnight.

The moon will be very near Regulus on the evening of January 29. By January 30, the moon will have moved onward in its orbit – cruising ever-eastward in front of the stars – so that you might more easily see the prominent star pattern of which Regulus is a part. 




This pattern isn’t a constellation. It’s an easy-to-see "asterism", or noticeable pattern of stars, in our night sky. It has the shape of a backwards question mark. 

Regulus, the Lion’s Heart, marks the bottom of the question mark pattern, which represents the Head and Shoulders of Leo. This beloved pattern is called The Sickle."


Hope you had a clear sky for the Full Wolf Moon of the January 27th /28th!

Full Wolf Moon falls in late January 2021 | Tonight | EarthSky

"If you consider that the winter season started for us in the Northern Hemisphere at the December solstice, the upcoming full moon is this season’s second full moon. 

In North America, we often call this full moon the Wolf Moon, Snow Moon or Hunger Moon. From around the world tonight and tomorrow – January 27 and 28, 2021 – watch for a full-looking moon to light up the nighttime from dusk until dawn. In the Southern Hemisphere, this late January full moon will be the second summertime full moon.







"Pay attention to the signs of the Universe on this day, and keep your sights set on the bigger picture. Know that if things are confusing, they won’t be that way forever. 

Clarity will soon dawn, and in time, you may even be able to look back on these events as necessary for the next steps of your journey.

Falling in the sign of Leo, this Full Moon will carry a fiery and creative energy to it.
Use this energy to make headway on any new or creative projects you may be working on. It is also great energy for allowing yourself to get motivated and excited by life."

Gratitude for the astrological readings and insights!












Shown above:
 Liberated Quilting 
and Freeform Flying Geese







at the post top:
"Changing the World"
2014


Purchased by Bill Volkening
For the Volkening Collection 








Support needed and so greatly appreciated: 

Fundraiser by Terin (Tiffany Erin) Bilyeu

 Terin's cancer fund






Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven





Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,

Enwrought with golden and silver light,

The blue and the dim and the dark cloths

Of night and light and the half light,

 
I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;

I have spread my dreams under your feet;

 Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven


by William Butler Yeats

 Published in 1899 in his third volume of poetry, "The Wind Among the Reeds"





Friday was for my Family
Saturday was for my Social Community
Sunday was for my Spirit

Monday was for Making

Tuesday is for Together We Sew

Wednesday is for We are in this Together

Thursday is for Try Try Again to do what I need to do while being who I need to be.


Ever forward into 2021 With Heart and Hands 
Praying for Unity in all ways.

 We have far bigger obstacles to face than spurious sparring in mind and body.




Purchased by Bill Volkening of the Volkening Collection and Wonky World blog 




Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

It's All About The Mittens



Trending in the Hindustan news!

Bernie Sanders reacts to inauguration mitten memes. (Watch video at link below)

“What a nice guy,” wrote a Twitter user while reacting to Bernie Sanders' reply.




Crochet artist turns viral Bernie Sanders image into a doll that sells for $20,000 | Bernie Sanders | The Guardian



Bernie sings a sea shanty!




Mystery Solvent on Twitter: "LMAO!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 

https://t.co/INTqMaxlDe" / Twitter



And with great spiritual and artistic appreciation we bow our heads and say excuse me Micheal Angelo etc all to:







 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ 






My daughter, Terin's 2nd year of battling breast cancer continues.  Donations incredibly appreciated with deepest gratitude.









Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Amanda Gorman: The Hill We Climb"




"Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world, 

When day comes we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry asea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace. In the norms and notions of what just is isn’t always justice. 

And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it. Somehow we do it. Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man. 

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another. We seek harm to none and harmony for all. 

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true. That even as we grieved, we grew. That even as we hurt, we hoped. That even as we tired, we tried that will forever be tied together victorious. Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid. If we’re to live up to her own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made. 

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare. It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit. It’s the past we step into and how we repair it. We’ve seen a forest that would shatter our nation rather than share it. Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. This effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. In this truth, in this faith we trust for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us. 

This is the era of just redemption. We feared it at its inception. We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour, but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves so while once we asked, how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe? Now we assert, how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be a country that is bruised, but whole, benevolent, but bold, fierce, and free. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation. 

Our blunders become their burdens. But one thing is certain, if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s. So let us leave behind a country better than one we were left with. Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one. 

We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the West. We will rise from the wind-swept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution. We will rise from the Lake Rim cities of the Midwestern states. We will rise from the sun-baked South. 

We will rebuild, reconcile and recover in every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful. 

When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it."





Amanda Gorman 
National Youth Poet Laureate
Inauguration of  President Joseph R. Biden
January 20, 2021

May Amanda Gorman's bright light shine forth across the hearts and souls of this great Nation and transform and lift us all to become highest and best selves 






Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Sewing with Healing Thoughts of Love










Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls




Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit





Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.




Rabindranath Tagore's words from 1910 and his call for peace and freedom for his beloved India resonate in my heart and my own fervent belief in our need to call out for equality and freedom and a better life for all people in our own countries, nations and our much bigger world.




We must simply and complicatedly open our hearts to one another with love for all of man and animal kind and with the deepest of true sentient caring, compassion, and most of all, mercy.

We must direct our minds and our hearts through the energies of this love and compassion to envision, create, and bring forth into reality a new and better world.

The true world of sacred communion and all encompassing community that in our hearts, minds, and souls we all dream of within our deepest dreams within a dream that we call reality.




We strive to reach across uncertainties to our own basic truths and desires for a happy, healthy cohesive family, country, nation, and most of all world.

And that my dear friends is not always easy to do. This is the hardest lesson, learning and truth. And one that all of us, our countries,  nations and our entire world is and must learn to do to survived our many hardships and challenges.






And for me it's always starts with hope, faith, and charity--and always, always begins with love for family.   






And we all  have really good days filled with really good fun while still working towards our individual goals and desires with an immediate goal of being as happy and healthy and productive in living our days and weeks and months, and lives as we can.






And we have really challenging days, weeks, months or even years when things get harder and more challenging.

But our family is hanging in there,  celebrating the really good days of optimism and strength and inner faith that hope prevails and goodness and light lift us up over and over and over to keep up the good fight for health, healing and hope.






New fundraiser has just started this month but still shows 2019 amount ending 8 months ago and no longer in the actual account. But we are so blessed by all donations past, present and going into the future. Thank you so very much!

Bless all of you who contributed. It helped her so much and meant more than you could ever imagine.













2020


My daughter, Terin's 2nd year of battling breast cancer continues.  Donations incredibly appreciated with deepest gratitude.



Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting--"from my heart and with my hands."