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This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely, in every way lovely. A complete treasure. Well researched and well written give yourself the treat of spending time with Harriet Powers!Published 3 months ago by Sherrie Theriault
This was so good I did't want to put it down I'm so thankful for Mrs.Power for making a quilt that ment so much to me ,the quilting world and whole world thank you Ms. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda C.
What a powerful legacy and history for African American and all quilters. This is a have to have book for quilters, who followed the Gee Island quilters and others.Published 16 months ago by Robbysbebe
I loved this book. I had never heard of Harriet Powers until I came across this book. It was wonderful and easy to read. I found it by accident and am glad that I did. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Angelia Pillow
It is quite helpful I like colored pictures in a book.Published on July 6, 2014 by Catherine Furevick
This is the amazing story of Harriet Powers and the Bible Quilt which she made. Her quilt now hangs in the Smitsonian Museum.Published on December 9, 2013 by Claude Blakely
I didn't read it. I bought it as a gift for a quilting friend who is also a student of the bible; she should love it..Published on October 2, 2013 by Judith Farrell-Booth
I am interested in all things "quilt", except this book. I am sure the author chose her subject with passion but the book is about as passionless as a piece of beige... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Myrna Beebe
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