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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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