CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Patricia A. Turner, sistah quilter and professor of African American and African studies and the vice provost of undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis on the publication of her new book, "Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters."
You really get two books in one here! In the first part, Dr. Turner interviews nine different quilters nationally - including from Alaska! The in-depth profiles are of: Jeanette Rivers, Daisy Anderson Moore, Elliott Chambers, Ed Johnetta Miller, Ora Knowell, Marion Coleman, Riche Richarson, Tiffanie Newton Williams, and Cyre Cross.
The second part of the book discusses very interesting subjects in African American quilting. Have a peek at the chapter titles:
- Of February, Fairs, and Folklorists: Black Quilts Come Out
- Black Quilts/White Walls
- Lift As You Fly - Faith Ringgold
- Legendary Quilts (Note: must read essay on topic of Underground Railroad quilts)
- One More River to Cross (Note: Alabama quilts from Rosa Parks, the Freedom Quilting Bee, to Gee's Bend Quilts - again, must read essay from a quilter/folklorist perspective)