Quilts of Gee's Bend Playing Cards
Set of two 54-card playing card decks, featuring detail images of two spectacular quilts from Gee's Bend. Admire the exquisite composition and colorwork of these quilts while building a winning hand on game night or dealing a set for solitaire—there are as many ways to use these colorful playing cards as there are pieces in the beautiful quilts that adorn them!
Women in the small Black community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces over the years. The inhabitants of this rural community are primarily the descendants of the slaves who worked the fields of the local Pettway plantation for generations. Nearly surrounded by the Alabama River, and lacking access to ferries that now transport people to and from this tiny hamlet, Gee’s Bend remained geographically isolated for years. That isolation created dire economic conditions for the town’s residents—but it also allowed the astounding creativity of these quilters to flourish and grow into a cultural legacy unlike any other.
The vibrant colors, playful geometric shapes, and organic improvised patterns that define the Gee’s Bend quilting aesthetic are an inspiration to quilters, crafters, and art-appreciators everywhere.