Lynn Dunn - Long -time career with Deaf Education with AIDB and worked with quilting for a long time, then fell in love with the Gee's Bend approach to quilting and studied with the Ladies of Gee's Bend.
Sleeping under handmade quilts which were cozy and warm was something I assumed everyone did. For as long as I can remember, handmade quilts have been a part of my life. Therefore, making quilts for my children was a natural sequence. I did not learn this skill from my grandmother; I learned it from a lady in Bowling Green, KY, who had learned to quilt from her father when she was five years old. I made quilts for each of my children, my nephew and my nieces following her instruction using the traditional “Log Cabin”, “Nine Block” and other patterns.
Years later, I heard of the Gee’s Bend Quilters from Boykin, AL and studied under the tutelage of Mary Anne Pettway and China Pettway for three years at the Alabama Folk Art School. Mary Anne and China’s quilt patterns were devised from the world around them: “Housetop”, “Bricklayer”, and “Snowball” to name a few. All these women made quilts out of necessity. My journey with quilting has been for the joy and the delight of design: coordinating colors, experimenting with various patterns and combining shapes to create my own “Patterns”. The latter skill I learned from Mary Anne Pettway and have spent countless enjoyable hours seeing where the colors and patterns would take me only creative journey.