We stopped in Searsport, Maine so that Tom could visit the Penobscot Maritime Museum and they just happened to have an exhibit of some of the Gee's Bend Quilts. Tom went happily off to look at old boats and I wandered around looking at the quilts. Gee's Bend is a teeny little burg located between Selma and Montgomery Alabama. A very poor area with limited access to the city and the things available to the majority of us. During the Civil Rights era of the 60's and 70's Gee's Bend was virtually cut off from access to the rest of the state because blacks were not allowed to use the ferry. These quilts are not well done. They don't hang true, seams don't match and fabric choices are pretty wild in some cases. What they are is an incredible testament to these people who truly used anything they could find to create quilts that were functional. Like our grandmothers and theirs before them who didn't have a quilt store in every town to buy fabric from.
At the end of the day we stopped at Union River Lobster Pound for dinner. We both had scallops and they were delicious. I took this picture for family back home so they could see the outside lobster pots that are used here for cooking.
Finally, we finished the evening at home with a good movie called Conspiracy. It is the story of a woman that was hung for her part in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. I also finished the binding on this lap quilt that is being sent off to Tom's niece as a wedding gift. I did a matching pillow as well.
Another project complete and in the mail!