Rachel Carey George
Rachel Carey George was a member of the extended quilting family of Delia Bennett, her mother’s sister. She made many of her best-known quilts in the 1930s, during the Great Depression when Gee’s Bend’s Wilcox County was one of the poorest in the country. Quilting In this time of scarcity called for the inventive salvaging of fabric scraps and remnants, including feed sacks, evident in George’s quilts from this era. In Gee’s Bend, this recycling practice became the founding ethos for generations of quiltmakers who have transformed otherwise useless material into marvels of textile art.
Rachel Carey George’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Milwaukee Art Museum.