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.
Dr. Gladys-Marie FryI remember the first time I read Dr. Gladys-Marie Fry's book, Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South, and marveling about the amount a old fashion, pre-Internet research work that went into this book. In the preface to this groundbreaking catalog, she wrote:"To date, no formal study has been undertaken to determine the extent of the involvement of slave women in the design or craftsmanship of mid-nineteenth-century quilts, or to determine the infl
I've been interested in artists books of late and amazed by Kiala Givehand's Book in A Day video series. On her YouTube channel is a 40-minute interview with sistah quilter and art journal maker Grace Howes of Red Barn Studios. Enjoy!
Not Fade Away: Sharing Quilt Stories in the Digital Age is a biennial conference presented by the nonprofit Quilt Alliance. The conference is for all who care about documenting, preserving and sharing the stories of quilts and their makers. It will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Herndon, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. The conference, sponsored by eQuilter.com, Sacred Threads and the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, will feature lectures, workshops, networkin
Raise your hand if you're a fan of Empire!? Who is your favorite character?Lucious Lyon, former drug dealer and CEO of Empire EntertainmentCookie Lyon, Lucious' ex-wife and mother of 3 sonsAndre Lyon, first-born and CFO of EmpireJamal Lyon, the middle sonHakeen Lyon, the hip-hop youngest son, ORAnika Calhoun, Lucious's ex-fiancée Taraji P. Henson absolutely works it as Cookie Lyon! Could you see Cookie at a local quilt guild meeting? Maybe not - but you can download this
Are you familiar with the hand-stitched quilts of South Carolina sistah quilter Latoya Thompson?
Ms. Thompson, an educator, recently exhibited her quilts at local libraries in Hemingway, SC, according to a Weekly Observer article by Dianne Owens. This was just one of several exhibits her quilts have been featured in. Congrats Latoya Thompson!
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How about a different kind of quilting fun? Just published is Quilters Questions: A Book of Curious Queries.
I hope you enjoy this newest book! Quilters Questions is perfect for quilters of any age or skill level. You can explore topics ranging from quilter identity, creative inspiration, collaboration, exhibiting, fabrics, your quilting legacy, sex and quilts (yes :>) and more!
9th year of the African American Fiber Arts Juried Exhibition curated by Torreah "Cookie" Washington will honor the late Maya Angelou and focus on “How Maya Angelou made your artist’s journey more meaningful? What were her words that inspired you to keep keeping? How did she help you to RISE?," according the call for entry information.
You might remember that Ms. Washington curated the fantastic 2012 exhibit Mermaids and Merwomen in Black Folklore: A Fiber Arts Exhibi
Mark your calendar and make plans to attend the African American Quilt and Doll Guild's Inspirations & Visions fiber art, fashions and doll show on October 17-18, 2014 at the Randallwood Center, Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Quilter Juanita Yeager is the featured artist. Mary Pinckney will conduct a doll making workshop. Enjoy!
Gwen Magee, quilterQuilts by the late Gwen Magee are on exhibit until November 8 at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Visit the Gatewood Gallery, Gatewood Studio Arts Building, 527 Highland Ave., to view 18 quilts in “Lift Every Voice and Sing: The Quilts of Gwendolyn Ann Magee.”
Magee graduated from the campus in 1963, when it was called Women's College. According to an article in the New & Record, the idea for the exhibit came during a 50th reunion of Magee's former cl
DC's Arena Stage will host award-winning Katoni Hall's new play, The Blood Quilt, April to June 2015. This world premiere of this comedy-drama focuses on four sisters who gather back at their childhood home,off the coast of Georgia, to sew a quilt in honor of their late mother.
According to the show's promotional material, when the sisters' "reunion turns into a reading of their mother’s will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual,
Have you incorporated black work stitching into your quilt making? Consider Southern California artist Lolita Newman's publication Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War.
The 96-page book includes instructions for seven quilts and six projects illustrating daily chores, family life and "the quest for freedom" experienced by enslaved African Americans during the 19th century.
You can also purchase individual block patterns from Ms
Quilter and historian Cassandra Stancil Gunkel will speak on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at Drake Well Museum in Titusville, PA on the topic “The Underground Railroad in Quilts?” Professor Gunkel will examine the controversial questions - did quilts guide escapes? She's also have historical and reproduction quilts to showcase. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, a force in American quilting!
Dr. Mazloomi has been named a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow for her lifetime contribution to African American Quilt preservation, documentation, exhibition and advocacy. The honor comes with a $25,000 prize, according to the Cincinnati enquirer.com.
Mark your calendars if you can get to Washington, DC.... the NEA invites the public to attend the National Heritage Fello
I confess. I'm addicted to Pinterest! I love the ability to see new quilts, fabrics, other textiles and just anything! What's your favorite topic? Here are links to a couple of my boards:Sistah QuiltersSewing Arts - my mixed bag of sewing, crochet, and other fiber arts Political Quilts and Fabrics - many images of commemorative African prints, Obama fabricsLetters, Mail & Postal Pleasures - loads of mail art. I'd love to get letters such as these!Art as PortraitsViolin Adventures - Black fol
Photo by Lana Sweeten-ShultsCalifornia quilter Marion Coleman is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas. And now the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University is presenting a project based on Marion's art.
Quilting Wichita Falls Together: A Community Art Experience is seeking 300 quilt squares from the community that feature personal stories. Can you imagine how wonder that cloth narrative will be?! A shout out to the Priddy Foundation for funding this project. The finish
Congratulations to the Sisters Quilting Collective in sunny Sacramento, California, for the recent exhibit of quilts at the Crocker Art Museum as part of its Black History Month Festival. More than 2,000 were expected to the celebrations. The hand-pieced quilt featuring Harriet Tubman is designed by Debbra Murphy.
Photo by Jose VillegasTo learn more about the Sisters Quilting Collective - and see more than 60 the fantastic guild photos, visit their blog at sistersquiltingcollectivesqc.blo
I was recently on quilter Julia Wood's blog and came across a 2010 post featuring a photo of Alabama quilter LeVerne Holbdy-Little. She was conducting a workshop titled the "Colors of Love" - and what a LOVELY quilt her husband is holding! Mrs. Holbdy-Little spoke about African American quilt history earlier this month at the Birmingham Public Library-East Lake Branch. Enjoy!
Printed Matter, the famed artists books non-profit bookstore in New York City, has a table featuring African American book artists for Black History month. Curated by Theresa Chromati, the display features more than a dozen books, including ones by Shellyne Rodriguez, Jayson Musson and Ellen Gallagher.
See the quilted wallhanging in the photo? It's created by California quilter Denise M. Campbell as a gift to me when my book, Black Threads, was published.
Look what I got in the mail! The program guide and postcard for the African American Quilters of Los Angeles' 2013 quilt show - Afro Modern: A Twist on Tradition.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see the show in person, which took place in Carson, California in November. I've been in previous years and the quilts are FANTASTIC! I counted 85 or so exhibiting quilters in this 2013 exhibit checklist! Congratulations to AAQLA and president Linda County.
Are you familiar with the colorful story quilts by Haitian quilter Dr. Michele David? Treat your eyes and be inspired by this Sewing with Nancy interview, first aired in December 2012. What do you think of these quilts? Do share your thoughts! Enjoy!