DALLAS -- The Dallas Post Office and Grandma's Attic of Dallas are teaming up to celebrate quilting.
The U.S. Postal Service will issue the 39-cent "Quilts of Gee's Bend" commemorative stamp in 10 designs on Aug. 25. The stamps, designed by Derry Noyes of Washington D.C., are in a booklet of 20 depicting 10 different quilts created by African-American women of Gees Bend, Ala., between 1940 and 2001.
The quilts were made for the practical purpose of keeping warm, but as is often the case, the artistic quality is revealed as noted in their exceptional color combinations, bold patterns and improvised designs. The imaginative use of old dresses and worn-out work clothes as sources of quilting materials also demonstrate the quilters' ingenuity.
The new stamp is the sixth in the American Treasures series that depot the fine art and crafts of America.
Rachel Greco of Grandma's Attic and her talented crew will be in the Dallas Post Office lobby from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 to display quilts, quilting supplies and to offer information on learning the art of quilting.
Greco ships thousands of kits, fabrics and quilting tips to quilters throughout the world.
"Rachel has chosen us, the U.S. Postal Service for all her shipping needs," says Morrie Bart, the Dallas Postmaster, and we are delighted we can give her the level of delivery quality, dependability, and value that allows her to continue to increase her business volume."