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This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Kyra E. Hicks is a marketing professional and quilter.  She was so mesmerized after seeing Eva Ungar Grudin's 1990 exhibition, "Stitching Memories: African-American Story Quilts," that she began to teach herself to create her own quilts. "I found my voice that afternoon in the museum," she remembers. Today, Kyra's quilts have been included in more than forty exhibitions in venues such as the American Craft Museum in New York, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford. She hosts the African American quilting news blog, Black Threads.

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  • File Size: 1326 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982479654
  • Publisher: Black Threads Press (March 10, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BVJFLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Kyra E. Hicks was mesmerized after seeing Eva Ungar Grudin's 1990 exhibition, "Stitching Memories: African-American Story Quilts," that she began to teach herself to create her own quilts. "I found my voice that afternoon in the museum," she remembers. Today, Kyra's quilts have been included in more than 40 group exhibitions. She hosts the African American quilting news blog, Black Threads. Kyra resides in Arlington, VA.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Fellner on July 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
A sensation from the moment it was first exhibited, since 1886 the Bible Quilt and its reprise, the Pictorial Quilt, made by Georgia native and former slave Harriet Powers has been featured in more than 150 news articles, books, poems and plays. It is thus both remarkable and embarrassing that not until Kyra Hicks's latest work has anyone bothered to verify the received wisdom about the woman who is arguably the world's best-known quilter.

Hicks's easy, conversational and very personal tone belies the painstaking care of her research. What apparently began as an annotated bibliography snowballed into an astonishingly detailed provenance which both documents the lives of key figures in the quilts' history and refutes commonly held, if perennially evolving, assumptions about Powers.

It soon becomes clear to the reader that from the first, everyone who saw Powers's Bible Quilt regarded it as not only unique, but a work of art - high praise given its abstract design, the status of quilts as homely craft, and the tenuous role of black women in turn-of-the-century rural Georgia. Among the visitors of both races crowding to see it at the 1886 Northeast Georgia Fair was Jennie Smith, a white art teacher at an Athens girls' school. Smith was so captivated she tracked down Powers and offered to buy the quilt. After three meetings in four years, she convinced Powers to sell, agreeing to supply the avid quilter with fabric scraps and granting her what can best be described as visitation rights to the quilt. Smith carefully recorded Powers's description of the quilt's subjects, and exhibited it at least once thereafter, identifying Powers as the maker. In 1969 Smith's executor donated the quilt to the Smithsonian, and again it became a sensation.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Marlene O'Bryant-Seabrook on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you like mystery stories, quilts or quilt history, and, particularly, if you are one of the legions of persons who admire or have heard of the two famous Harriet Powers quilts, this is a "MUST" read!

Kyra Hicks is an extraordinary researcher who will tenaciously follow a lead wherever it takes her - intellectually and physically. "This I Accomplish" - actual words of Harriet Powers - allows you to follow Hicks as she discovers and uncovers important, previously unknown, DOCUMENTED facts about Mrs. Powers.

Swearing me to secrecy, Kyra periodically shared information as she returned from trips, found documents, located people, etc. One of her disclosures about a mischievous child had me running to get a large photo of the quilt while we were on the telephone. It is hilarious! Believe me, those tidbits did not mar my reading the book. I literally could not put it down, except for brief periods, until I completed it.

Kyra knows that she has not learned all that there is to know about the Harriet Powers story. Not only does she challenge others to continue the research, she - unselfishly - points out possible leads to follow. As one of "Harriet's Daughters" ( [...] ), I thank Kyra Hicks for this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Wulfert on July 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kyra's intimate style of revealing her research findings, step by step, feels like a Nancy Drew mystery unfolding before me. It is a page turner. "This I Accomplish" is intended for adults, but certainly would be enjoyed by younger history buffs too.

Through Kyra's book we learn facts never revealed about Harriet Powers, the former slave, born in 1837, who became the recognized quilt maker known today for her primitive style appliqué quilts depicting tales from the Bible and American history.

The intimate quality of this delightful book about a 19th century African-American woman is due to Kyra's passion for it and joy exclaimed at each successful juncture in her discovery process. Kyra's deep respect and admiration for Harriet is easily sensed throughout the book, making Harriet became a real person and furthering my appreciation of her life.

About half of the book is a long version of the tale of discovery of Harriet Powers, her quilts and their owners and it contains photos. The last half of the book is broken into sections with detailed additional information to document Harriet Powers fully and to aid future researchers including an annotated comprehensive bibliography, timeline, and contemporary quilts made in honor of Harriet Powers.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. I recommend it to quilt history enthusiasts, quilters, students of women's history, genealogists, new researchers wondering what the process is like for someone else, and female detective story buffs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Cummings on July 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kyra Hicks has added so much to previously-available information about Harriet Powers and her quilts. I really appreciate the amount of details she includes all through the book and in the almost 200 entries in an annotated Bibliography.

This is a book that is difficult to put down, and one that will serve as a reference for all who are interested in Harriet Powers and her renowned quilts.

This is the third book I have seen, written by Ms. Hicks, and none of them have been disappointing. Quite the opposite effect, I'd say! This book is charming in the way the information is presented and because it is such a thorough look at the subject, although as any researcher knows ... there is always more to uncover!
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