Sunday, July 13, 2014

Share & Tell: photos of June 12 & July 10 Meetings

Join Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC)

Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC)

Please join us and celebrate the joy of African-American Quilting & Textiles


The mission of the SQC is to bring awareness of the historical value of African-American quilters and quilts of the African Diaspora, as well as to celebrate and continue the tradition of quilting.


Membership: The Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC) is a membership based organization. We welcome quilters, textile and fabric artists, doll designers/collectors and the general public to join our collective.


History of Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC): SQC had its beginning in 2012 after an exhibition of quilts held at the Brickhouse Art Gallery.



· Lillian LeBlanc, (916) 393-2851, Chairperson

· Faye Wilson Kennedy, (916) 484-5025, Secretary-

· Albertine Gadson, (916) 391-1089, Membership


Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC): P.O. Box 5486, Sacramento, CA 95817.

Visit: Our meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at the Brickhouse Art Gallery. Please call or e-mail us to confirm location.

Founding Members: Jan Hollins, Barbara Range, Fredi Slaughter-Walker, Barbra Lord, Kephera Alston and Faye Wilson Kennedy


"Workt By Hand" @ Crocker Arts Museum

SQC will be participating in "Workt By Hand" quilt exhibit at the Crocker Arts Museum and join us:
Wednesday, July 23rd 

Saturday July 26th
Sunday, July 27th
Wednesday, July 30th

Saturday, August 2nd
Sunday, August 3rd

 For more info contact: Lillian LeBlanc, (916) 393-2851, Chairperson

Resources: African American Quilt Appraiser

African American Quilt Appraiser
 Violet Vaughnes, Quilt Appraiser, Certified by the American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, Kentucky (USA) and member Professional Association of Appraisers--Quilted Textiles (PAAQT).Some information used with permission of Beverly Dunivent, American Quilter’s Society Certified Quilt Appraiser.

Violet Vaughnes (African AmericanQuilt Appraiser)
25861 E. 28th Street
San Bernardino, CA 92404
(909) 864-6446
Written Appraisal $50.00 plus shipping

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Quilting and Doll Making Classes for community members

Quilting and Doll Making Classes:

Fiber artist instructor, Jan Hollins will introduce a class Safari Sunset Quilting Art,” that will challenge your raw edge appliqué and silhouette art experience. For those enjoying a taste of the exotic, batiks and cottons in shades of yellow, gold, red, orange and black will be used.  The project will be quilted in threads of similar colors, accented with gold or silver metallic thread.  Provide your own working sewing machine and basic sewing supplies.  Some African fabric will be provided at a cost. The class will be held Thursday, April 17th, at the Capsity Building, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 9581 (Near Broadway and 21st) from 5:30p - 8:30p. Class Fee is $45.00. For more information and supply list please contact Jan Hollins, 916 613-7401 or email --

Gloria Grandy will be teaching her first doll workshop for the 2014 season, Art Doll 101. In this first Inner Diva, Alter Ego Doll Workshop for the 2014 students will create an art doll inspired by the Cirque du Soleil acrobats that perform their stunts suspended from the ceiling on silk scarves. The class will be held Thursday, April 17th, at the Capsity Building, 2572 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 9581 (Near Broadway and 21st) from 5:30p - 8:30p. For more information and to register by Paypal go to the Inner Diva, Alter Ego Doll Workshops (IDAE) blog page: or email Gloria at or call 916-410-9082. This first class will be limited to eight students (additional classes will be offered later) the cost is $46 for non SQC members and $40 for SQC members..


Gladys Wilburn will be teaching a class in the development and design of folk art, and folk art characters. The tentative date will be some time in July (TBA), for information, send e-mails to: Gladysunimukewilburn1@netzero.  The consideration of the class interest will, settle the time and date of the venture.  All details will be set in the e-mail for all interested parties. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

SQC's 2014 Book and Resource List

Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC)

Highlighting African-American Quilters, Quilts and Textiles

2014 Book and Resource List

·         This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers’ Bible Quilt and Other Pieces, by Kyra E. Hicks

·         1.6 Million African American Quilters, by Kyra E. Hicks

·         Harriet Power’s Bible Quilts by Regenia A. Perry

·         Global Expressions: Decorating With Fabrics from Around the World, by Lisa Shepard

·         A Piece of My Soul: Quilts By Arkansans, by Cuesta Benberry

·         Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts, by  Cuesta Benberry

·         Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches, by Carole Samples

·         Stitched From the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South, by Gladys-Marie Fry

·         Talking With Tebe’: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist, by Mary E. Lyons

·         Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilts, by Dr. Patricia Turner

·         Hidden in Plain View : A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad, by Jacqueline Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard

·         Bold Improvisation: Searching for African- American Quilts, by Scott Heffley


·         Gee’s Bend, by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

·         Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt,  by William Arnett 

·         Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold’s French Collection and other Story Quilts, by Faith Ringgold

·         Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts, by Maude Southwell Wahlman

·         Quilts Inspirited by President Barack Obama: Journey of Hope, by Dr.  Carolyn Mazloomi

·         Spirit of the Cloth: Contemporary African-American Quilts, by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi

·         Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition. By Carolyn L. Mazloomi

·         Threads of Faith by Carolyn Mazloomi and Patricia C. Pongracz

·         The Freedom Quilting Bee, by Nancy Callahan

·         Accidentally on Purpose. By Eli Leon

·         A Communion of The Spirits, by Roland L. Freeman

·         The Soul Art Of African American Quilts:  Nineteen Bold, Improvisational Projects by Sonie Ruffin

·         Quilt Africa by Jenney Williamson & Pat Parker

·         Anna Williams, Her Quilts & Their Influences by Katherine Watts

·         How to Make an African Quilt, The Story of the Patchwork Project of Segou, Mali by Bonnie Lee Black

·         Wrapped in Pride: Ghanaian Kente and African American Identify, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles

·         African Textiles by John Gillow

Exhibition Catalogues:

·         Amazing Wonders: Quilts by African–Americans of the Northern CA Region Oct 13-Dec 23, 2009

·         Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts From the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (2006)

·         Stitching Memories: African American Story Quilts, The Oakland Museum (1990)

·         Who’D  A Thought It: Improvisation in African American Quiltingmaking, San Francisco Craft & Folk Museum (1987)

·         Will The Circle Be Unbroken: Four Generations of African American Quiltmakers, Museum of Craft and Folk Art (2006)

·         “Showing Up” Maximum-Contrast African-American Quilts, Richmond Art Center (1996)

·         Something Pertaining to GOD:  The Patchwork Art of Rosie Lee Thompkins, Shelburne Museum (2007)

·         Something Else to See :  Improvisational Bordering Styles in African-American Quilts, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst (1997)
Arbie Williams Transforms The Britches Quilt, Berkeley Art Center (1994)
Children Books:
·         Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold
·         Stitching Stars: The Story of Harriet Powers, by Mary E. Lyons
·         The Quilt Story, by Tony Johnson and Tomie dePaola
·         The Lord’s Supper Pattern Book: Imagining Harriet Powers’ Lost Bible Story Quilt, by Kyra E. Hicks
·         Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee Bend Quilt, by Patricia C. McKissack
·         Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, by Deborah Hopkinson
·         Under the Quilt of Night, by Deborah Hopkinson
  • Lets Quilt Our African American Heritage & Stuff It Topographically, by Carole Marsh

Doll Books:
·         The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls by Debbie Garrett
·         Black Dolls Proud, Bold and Beautiful by Nayda Rondon and Barbara A. Whiteman
·         Making Creative Cloth Dolls by Marthe Le Van
·         Dolls Old and New You Can Make (Vintage) by Helen Young
·         The Doll Blogs, When Dolls Speak I Listen by Debbie Garrett

Compiled by Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC) and Blue Nile Press, February 2014

Quilting Related Events: local, & regional

Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC) presents Quilting Related Events

Celebration Arts Presents: GEE’S BEND by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder. February 7 – March 1, 2014. Focuses on a family in the real community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, which is now famous for the beautiful quilts created by the women that grew up there. The play follows this family, starting in 1939, as they deal with the personal, social and economic conditions of African-Americans in this community. It moves to 1965 and the struggles for civil rights and culminates in 2002 where the colors and brush strokes of empowered lives bear witness to the triumph of strength, perseverance, dedication, undying belief and love.. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices:$15 general, $13 students, seniors and SARTA members;  $8 all seats on Thursday nights. February 7 – March 1, 2014. FOR RESERVATIONS :CALL 916.455.ARTS (2787) or visit:  ( SQC members' quilts are featured in the play)
The Verve of Quilted Textiles
African American Quilts from the Sandra McPherson Collection, January 21, 2014-March 14, 2014
Revealing the rich tradition and aesthetic vision of the African American quilting community, The Verve of Quilted Textiles: African American Quilts from the Sandra McPherson Collection opens at the UC Davis Design Museum on January 21 and runs through March 14, 2014. The exhibition presents more than a dozen quilts created by generations of African American quilters, including samples from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and works created by local quilters in California. Enriching American culture, the quilts survey tangible connections with design, art, and literature, social and economic subjects. For more info visit:
Fiber Talks: Faith Ringgold and her Legacy in Art!
Tickets to the event also give purchasers entrance to the Museum in the afternoon.
Purchase your ticket at the below on line link.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 520 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
T (408) 971-0323 x 16
M (408) 504-5054
F (408) 971-7226
Follow on Facebook at: SJ Quilt Museum
Upcoming Exhibitions:
January 29, 2014-April 27, 2014
Metamorphosis: Clothing and Identity
TastyToo! Fiber Shots Challenge
May 7, 2014-July 20, 2014
Quilt National 2013: Now and Then: Early Art Quilts by Ros Cross
Complied by Sisters Quilting Collective, Feb. 2014