Connie Horne started quilting in 2000 because her oldest son asked her to make him a quilt. At that time, she was focused on making African Wrap dolls from recycled bottles. She stopped making the dolls and started taking quilting classes.
Connie has two of her quilts featured in Cindy Walter’s books, Snippet Sensation, and Cindy’s Snippet Sensations Christmas Celebration. She also has a quilt featured in Carolyn L. Mazloomi’s book, Quilting African American Women’s History.
Connie’s quilt “Fiber of Slavery Strong Women Picking Cotton” has been exhibited at 40 Acres Art Gallery and the Brickhouse Gallery in Sacramento and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio.
Gladys, one of her quilts, was selected for the permanent collection at the Michigan State University Museum. This quilt was also featured in the traveling trunk show with Studio Arts Quilt Associates.
Connie teaches classes at Country Sewing Center in Elk Grove. She also speaks at quilting guilds.
Connie has entered wearable art and quilts in the California State Fair and Pacific International Quilt Festival and Road to California. She has won many ribbons from shows she has entered. She received best of division on her wearable ensemble at the 2015 California State Fair. She is proud of her second-place award for her wearable art ensemble at Pacific International Quilt Festival: African Safari Coat Ensemble in 2007. She recently received a second-place award for her wearable coat: Aboriginal Coat from the Pacific International Quilt Festival 2015.
Additionally, her Brothers quilt went to the Houston International Quilt Market in a special exhibit titled “A New Legacy Revealed: African American Fiber Artists, curated by Carolyn Mazloomi November 2012.”
She has two quilts featured in Carolyn Mazloomi’s book, “And Still We Rise:” Race, Culture and Visual Conversations; the quilts are currently on a traveling exhibit until 2017.