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 



Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC) in the news!!

Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC) featured in print and online publications:
Sacramento Observers Newspapers
Valley Community Newspapers
Black Threads
San Francisco Chronicle (SFG)
Building Healthly Community (BHC)
Channel 10 News
Sacramento Bee
Contact us:
Lillian LeBlanc, Chair,

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

Fredi A. Slaughter-Walker, Founding Member,

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sisters Quilting Collective Celebrating Black History Month @ the Crocker Art Museum, February 17, 2014

 The Crocker Art Museum
invites Sisters Quilting Collective  to the celebration

SQC participated in the festivities at Crocker Art Museum. The day featured: quilt, doll and book displays,  hands on activity, storytelling and a quilt celebration!!!



SQC members ( we have over 34 members)
Contact us:
Lillian LeBlanc, Chair,

Faye Wilson Kennedy, Secretary,(916) 484-5025/
Fredi A. Slaughter-Walker, Founding Member,
Founding Members
The Crocker Art Museum
216  O Street, Sacramento, 95814,, 916-80-.7000

Photos by Faye Wilson Kennedy  




SQC’s 3rd Annual Quilt Exhibit:Closing Reception, February 15, 2014

Sisters Quilting Collective


The Brickhouse Art Gallery
The Closing Reception featured
 Presentations by the 2014 Quilt Exhibiters,  10:00am – 11:30am







Historical Presentation by SQC Chair, Lillian LeBlanc and founding member Fredi Slaughter-Walker 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Interactive presentation & demonstration by Alice Calhoun, noted hand quilter 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Hands on activity



Acknowledgements, announcements, raffles &
 Viewer’s choice awards. 4:00pm –6:00pm




Winner of the 2014 Opportunity Quilt

Special thank you to our tech man & supporter
2014 Exhibit Curators: Barbara Range  * Faye Kennedy * Gloria Grandy
2014 Exhibit Planning Committee: Faye Wilson-Kennedy * Lillian LeBlanc * Barbara Range * Elizabeth King-Kano * Fredi A. Slaughter-Walker * Sonja Lopes * Debbra Murphy * Juanita Savage-Boyd * Gloria Grandy
Our Host
The Brickhouse Art Gallery

Barbara Range, Director & Curator
The Brickhouse Art Gallery
2837 36th St. Sacramento, 95817,, 916-475-1240
Contact us:
Lillian LeBlanc, Chair,
Faye Wilson Kennedy, Secretary,(916) 484-5025/
Fredi A. Slaughter-Walker, Founding Member,
Photos by Faye Wilson Kennedy