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Published on Apr 2, 2008
This charming new play is based on the true story of the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama and the magnificent quilts they create which The New York Times has called "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced." Born into poverty and hardship, Sadie Pettway, like other young girls of Gee's Bend, learned to quilt at her mother's side. Considered a domestic responsibility it was also a welcome respite from the harsh realities of racial indignities, spousal abuse, isolation, and despair. Infused with hauntingly beautiful gospel melodies and spanning over fifty years and three generations, we watch as Sadie grows from innocent young girl to talented and respected American artist.