Saturday, September 27, 2014

Lolita Newman's Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War

Have you incorporated black work stitching into your quilt making?  Consider Southern California artist Lolita Newman's publication Freedom Gone: Embroidered Quilts of Slave Life in the Civil War.

The 96-page book includes instructions for seven quilts and six projects illustrating daily chores, family life and "the quest for freedom" experienced by enslaved African Americans during the 19th century.

You can also purchase individual block patterns from Ms. Newman's etsy store, Stitchin' by the River. Enjoy!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quilter Cassandra Stancil Gunkel to Speak at Drake Well Museum

Quilter and historian Cassandra Stancil Gunkel will speak on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m., at Drake Well Museum in Titusville, PA on the topic “The Underground Railroad in Quilts?” Professor Gunkel will examine the controversial questions  - did quilts guide escapes? She's also have historical and reproduction quilts to showcase. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Carolyn Mazloomi - 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow

Congratulations to Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, a force in American quilting!

Dr. Mazloomi has been named a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow for her lifetime contribution to African American Quilt preservation, documentation, exhibition and advocacy. The honor comes with a $25,000 prize, according to the Cincinnati enquirer.com.

Mark your calendars if you can get to Washington, DC.... the NEA invites the public to attend the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. Come cheer on Dr. Mazloomi and other 2014 Fellows. No tickets are required.

On a personal note, I read about Dr. Mazloomi in a quilting magazine back in 1990ish. I mailed her a photograph of my first quilted wallhanging - along with a self-addressed, stamped envelop. She graciously sent me back a letter encouraging me to continue to quilt - and to send her a photo of my next piece. Over the next few years, she prodded me to "quilt bigger" and have the courage to stitch a full-size bed quilt. Her early, early support made a significant difference in my life.  The Lord knows my quilts would never have received the exposure they have without Dr. Mazloomi - and I'm sure many Black Threads Blog readers feel the same.  Feel free to leave a message below on how Dr. Mazloomi has influenced your quilting.  Thanks!

Congratulations Dr. Mazloomi! 


the National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. - See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2014/nea-celebrates-folk-and-traditional-arts-free-concert#sthash.TW2v25mi.dpuf
National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required. - See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2014/nea-celebrates-folk-and-traditional-arts-free-concert#sthash.TW2v25mi.dpuf
National Heritage Fellowship Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Room 119 of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First Street SE in Washington, DC. NEA Chairman Jane Chu and members of Congress will present the awards to the recipients. This event is open to the public and no tickets are required. - See more at: http://arts.gov/news/2014/nea-celebrates-folk-and-traditional-arts-free-concert#sthash.TW2v25mi.dpuf

Monday, September 01, 2014

Hear Comedian Katsy Chappell at The Gold Bug Quilt Guild

Want a good belly laugh? Take a moment to hear comedian and quilter Katsy Chappell. She shares a couple hilarious crafting projects using Capri Sun juice drinks.  Enjoy!