A Saturday morning search of African American newspapers from the 1930s uncovered a startling headline: “President Roosevelt Gets Present of Novel Quilt Designed By Indiana Woman.”
Who was this Hoosier quiltmaker? What inspired her to gift the President of the United States with a quilt? What was so “novel” about the bedcovering that Black newspapers across the country carried its story? Where is the celebrated quilt today?
Follow the surprising pursuit from a WPA Sewing Room in Marion, Indiana to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC and even on to England and France.
Quilter Kyra E. Hicks, who previously shared the true story of a young slave girl’s fifty-year quest to see Queen Victoria and give her a quilt, now takes us on a Depression-era adventure featuring exquisite quilts made for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Bonus White House Quilt Block included.
$12.95, 44 pages, more than 12 images. ISBN: 978-0-9824796-1-2
Create a Catalog for Your Quilts, Gallery or Guild Exhibit with this Easy Workbook!
Be an Artist + Author!
If you know how to use Microsoft Word, have Internet access, and a dozen or more images of your artwork, you can make your own catalog.
This workbook will show you step-by-step how to concept, layout, write, publish and promote a 24-page or 36-page, full-color paperback catalog.... and how to have it available on Amazon and other sources.
If you have thought about creating a catalog of your artwork for your family and friends, for your gallery customers or collectors, for a school project, for your professional artist statement, for an exhibit of your work, or even for your historical quilt or art history research, this workbook is for you!
"From the opening words of this book to the closing ones... a spellbinding tale is woven.
"This I Accomplish is a masterpiece of scholarship and detective work. The amount of research Kyra E. Hicks has done to unravel mysteries and her willingness to follow even the slightest lead is astonishing. You will be amazed and intrigued by the previously unknown information she uncovers."
Gwendolyn Magee, quilter and 2007 United States Artists Fellow
The Lord's Supper Pattern Book: Imagining Harriet Powers' Lost Bible Story Quilt
This pattern can be enlarged to make either a wall hanging or bed quilt.
Thousands of museum visitors have viewed the Bible-themed quilts stitched by Harriet Powers (1837 - 1910) at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
- You'll find the latest quilt industry figures, including the number of Black quilters nationally.
- Most comprehensive resource of websites, blogs, and YouTube videos featuring African American quilters and guilds - more than 270! Can you name 10 African American male quilters? Find their websites in the booklet! Also included are selected textile artists, dollmakers, fabric designers, and quilters from the African diaspora.
- Six afro-centrically designed art quilt blocks by Washington, D.C. artist Francine Haskins.
- Bibliographic references, many annotated, for selected books, articles, exhibit catalogs, dissertations, papers, and films about Black quilters.
Black Threads Press, 62 pages, $9.95 Buy it. ISBN: 978-0-9824796-7-4
Quilting in 19th Century Liberia - Essay available on Amazon Kindle
Who stitched the first US flag? I'd bet you'd say Betsy Ross. Who sewed the first Liberian flag? Did you know it was seven African American women? Learn more about these 1847 seamstresses, some born free and others former slaves: Susannah Lewis, who chaired the flag committee, Sarah Draper from Philadelphia, Mary L. Hunter from South Carolina, Rachel Johnson, Matilda Newport, Mrs. J. B. Russwurm from Baltimore, MD, and Collinette Teage Ellis from Virginia.
The design of the Liberian flag, first unfurled on August 24, 1847, has remained the same through the decades. It is the same design that whipped in the wind on January 16, 2006 when Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf took the solemn oath of office as the twenty-fourth President of the Republic of Liberia.
This article includes an easy-to-make pattern for a queen-sized Liberian flag quilt. Article: 3,700 words. 15 pages including quilt pattern diagrams and photograph.
Martha Ann is 12 years old when Papa finally purchases her freedom from slavery and moves the family from Tennessee to Liberia. On Market Days, Martha Ann watches the British navy patrolling the Liberian coast to stop slave catchers from kidnapping family and friends and forcing them back into slavery.
Martha Ann decides to thank Queen Victoria in person for sending the navy. But first, she has to save money for the voyage, find a suitable gift for the queen, and withstand the ridicule of those who learn of her impossible dream to meet the Queen of England.
Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook
Must Have for Your Home Library!
This book is the first comprehensive guide to African American quilt history and contemporary practices. Black Threads declares there are 1 million African American quilters who spend $118.9 million on quilting expenditures per year!
Black Threads offers over 1,700 bibliographic references, many of them annotated, covering exhibit catalogs, books, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, films, novels, poetry, speeches, works of art, advertisements, patterns, greeting cards, auction results, ephemeral items, and online resources on African American quilting. The book also includes primary research done by the author on the Internet usage of African American quilters, a listing of 100 museums with African American–made quilts in their permanent collections, a directory of African American quilting groups in 29 states, and a detailed timeline that covers 200 years of African American quilting and needle arts events.
Foreword by Cuesta R. Benberry ISBN: 0-7864-1374-3. 242pp. 8 page full color insert, 30 B&W photos, 2003. Order from Amazon.