Thursday, February 14, 2013

Tribute to Black Dolls Collectors, Designers & Baby Doll Quilts Celebration, February 9, 2013

Tribute to Black Dolls, Collectors, Designers 

and Baby Doll Quilts Celebration

SQC’s 2013 Quilters, Doll Makers and Doll Collectors

SQC’s 2013 Quilters

2013 Quilters: Barbara Range & Jan Hollins, Exhibit Curators

Keisha Anderson
Elaine Combs-Aytch & Sister Heather
Daphne Burgess & Ora Lee Burgess
Betty Davis
Dorothy Davis
Rev. Tammie Denyse and Carrie's Touch
Evelyn Dixon
Albertine Gadson
Jan Hollins
Connie Horne
Jeleana T. Johnson
Debra King
Barbra Lord
Kanika Marshall
Estelle Napier
Shirley Sanders
Gerald “GOS” Simpson & Edith Churchman
Deborah James Thompson
Fredi Slaughter-Walker
Yvonne Warren

Doll Makers/Designers 

Gloria Grandy Antoinette Hines Kathy Marshall Brenda Holts, Beaver Brown, Shonna McDaniels,T'Chaka Muhammed and Angela James

Doll Collectors

Betty Davis

 Hanouvi Agbassekore

 Joe Pollakoff

 Fredi Slaughter-Walker

 T'Chaka Muhammed 

Dolores “Tip”  Owens 

 Faye Wilson Kennedy

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Books List highlighting African-American Quilters and Quilts

Books List highlighting African-American Quilters and Quilts

        This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers’ Bible Quilt and Other Pieces, Kyra E. Hicks
        Million African American Quilters, Kyra E. Hicks
         Global Expressions: Decorating With Fabrics from Around the World, Lisa Shepard
         A Piece of My Soul: Quilts By Arkansans, Cuesta Benberry
         Treasury of Crazy Quilt Stitches, Carole Samples
         Stitched From the South: Slave Quilts from the Antebellum South, Gladys-Marie Fry
         Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts, Cuesta Benberry
         Talking With Tebe’: Clementine Hunter, Memory Artist, Mary E. Lyons
         Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilts, Dr. Patricia Turner
          Gee’s Bend, Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder
         Bold Improvisation: Searching for African- American Quilts, Scott Heffley
         Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt,  William Arnett 
          Spirit of the Cloth: Contemporary African-American Quilts, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi
         Amazing Wonders: Quilts by African–Americans of the Northern CA Region Oct 13-Dec 23, 2009
         Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold’s French Collection & other Story Quilts, Faith Ringgold
      Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts, Maude Southwell Wahlman
       Quilts Inspirited by President Barack Obama: Journey of Hope,Dr.Carolyn Mazloomi

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

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

 Compiled by Fredi Slaughter-Walker & Faye Wilson Kennedy, Founding Members, Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC) at The Brickhouse Art Gallery, February 2013

Books and resoruces highlighting African-American Quilters and Quilts

Books and resoruces highlighting African-American Quilters and Quilts

Children's books


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Our Host:The Brickhouse Art Gallery

Our Host

The Brickhouse Art Gallery Complex

Barbara Range, Director and Curator
2837 36th Street Sacramento, CA 95817
Mailing address: P. O. Box 5154 Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 475-1240   Website:

About Brickhouse Art Gallery. The Brickhouse Art Gallery and Studio Complex is an eclectic art center located in the heart of Historic Oak Park, Sacramento, CA. Their mission is to bring art and art education into the community and teach art in all forms, visual, written and music. The Brickhouse encourages and inspires emerging artists, seasoned artists and those seeking to find their voice through art.

A Mud Cloth Celebration and Quilting Exhibits

History of Mudcloth

Mud cloth originated from Mali and once worn by hunters. Mud cloth is made from narrow strips of hand-spun and hand-woven cotton, which are sewn together in various widths and lengths. The cloth is first dyed with a yellow solution extracted from the bark of the M’Peku tree and the leaves and stems of the Wolo tree; the solution acts as a fixative. Then, using carved bamboo or wooden sticks, symbolic designs are applied in mud that has been collected from riverbanks and allowed to ferment over time. After the mud is applied to the cloth, it is dried in the sun. The process is repeated several times to obtain a rich color that is deeply imbued in the cloth. When it reaches the desired hue, the cloth is washed with a caustic solution to remove debris and to brighten the background. Today, mud cloth comes in background shades of white, yellow, purple, beige, rich brown, and rust.  Source:   

 Other Resources:

Mud cloth Quilts and related items

Past Mud Cloth Quilting Exhibits


Preparing for our 2nd Annual Quilt Exhibit, January 2013


Preparing for our 2nd Annual Quilt Exhibit in late January 2013 

Preparing for our 2nd Annual Quilt Exhibit in late January 2013 members of Sisters Quilting Collective designed and created the spaces for the quilts, dolls, and books. Using a variety of tools such as: our collective creativity , ladders, nails, tables, a iron, books, quilts, dolls, rods, music, raffia, a note pad, pens, African fabrics, pins, plastic, sheets, hooks, colored makers, people power, paper, a measuring tape and  hammers. We transformed the space and created a visually stunning and thought-provoking exhibit.