Quilt made by Viola Burley Leak.


Books About African American Quilts

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.

Benberry, Cuesta.  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.

Hicks, Kyra.  This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers' Bible Quilt and Other Pieces Paperback.  Black Threads Press, 2009.

Hicks, Kyra.  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.

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

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.

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

____ Quilting African American Women’s History: Our Challenges, Creativity and Champions.  Ohio Historical Society. 2008

____ Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama.  Voyageur Publications. 2010.

____ And Still We Rise:Race, Culture and Visual Conversations.  Schiffer Publications, 2015

____ Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela. Michigan State University Museum, 2016.

____Visioning Human Rights in the New Millennium. Schiffer Publishing, 2019.

____We Who Believe in Freedom. Paper Moon Publishing, 2019.

____Yours for Love and Country: The Life of Col. Charles Young.  Paper Moon Publishing, 2019.

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.

Turner, Patricia.  Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters.  University  Press of Mississippi, 2009.

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