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Reference Works for African-American Quilts


This list is courtesy of Kyra Hicks from her book: Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook by Kyra Hicks. Published by McFarland & Company, Inc., 2003


Arnett, William. The Quilts of Gee’s Bend: Masterpieces from A Lost Place.  Atlanta: GA: Tinwood Books, 2002.


Benberry, Cuesta. Always There: The African-American Presence in American Quilts. Louisville, KY: The Kentucky Quilt Project Inc., 1992.


Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans.  Fayetteville, AK: University of Arkansas Press, 2000.


Brackman, Barbara.  Facts and Fabrications: Unraveling the History of Quilts and Slavery.C & T publications, 2006.


Callahan, Nancy.  The Freedom Quilting Bee.  Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1987.


Cameron, Dan.  Dancing at the Louvre: Faith Ringgold’s French Collection and Other Story Quilts.  University of California Press, 1998.


Cubbs, Joanne.  Mary Lee Bendolph: Gee’s Bend Quilts and Beyond.  Atlanta, GA: Tinwood Books, 2006.


Ezell, Nora.  My Quilts and Me: The Diary of an American Quilter.  Montgomery, AL: Black Belt Press, 1999.


Freeman, Roland.  A Communion of the Spirits.  Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1997.


Something to Keep You Warm: Quilts from the Mississippi Heartland.  Jackson, MS: Mississippi Historical Museum, 1981.


Fry, Gladys-Marie.  Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts from the Ante-Bellum South.   Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.


Grudin, Eva Unger.  Stitching Memories: African-American Story Quilts.  Williamstown, MA: Williams College Museum of Art, 1990.


Leon, Eli.  Who’d Thought It: Improvisation in African-American Quiltmaking.  San Francisco: San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1987.


Heffley, Scott.  Bold Improvisation: Searching for African American Quilts – The Heffley Collection.  Kansas City: Kansas City Star Books, 2007


Hicks, Kyra.  Martha Ann’s Quilt for Queen Victoria.  Plano, TX: Brown Books Publishing Group, 2006.


Black Threads: An African American Sourcebook.  MacFarland and Company, 2002.


Huff, Mary E. Johnson.  Just How I Picture It in My Mind: Contemporary African American Quilts from the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art.  Montgomery, AL: River City Publishing, 2007.


Lyons, Mary E.  Stitching Stars: The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers.  New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1993.


MacDowell, Marsha.  African American Quiltmaking in Michigan.  East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 1997.


Mazloomi, Carolyn.  Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary African American Quilts.  New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1998.


Threads of Faith: Quilts from the Women of Color Quilters Network.  New York: Museum of Biblical Art, 2003.


Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition.  West Chester, OH: Paper Moon Publications, 2007.


Perry, Regenia A.  Harriet Powers’s Bible Quilts.  New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1994.


Ringgold, Faith.  The French Collection: Part I.  New York: Being My Own Woman Press, 1992.


We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold.  New York: Bulfinch Press, 1995.


Thompson, Robert Farris.  Accidentally on Purpose:  The Aesthetic Management of Irregularities in African Textiles and African-American Quilts.  Figge Art Museum, 2007.


Tobin, Jacqueline L. and Raymond G. Dobard.  Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad.  New York: Doubleday, 1999.


Wahlman, Maude Southwell.  Signs and Symbols: African Images in African-American Quilts.  New York: Studio Books, 1993.



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