Happy Black History Month

Village Values by Aleathia Chisolm

The featured quilt will help us kick off our Black History Month celebrations. It is entitled Village Values, and it was created by Aleathia Chisholm.

Aleathia Chisolm

The center of the quilt is a strip quilt made of African fabrics. Aleathia embroidered the words “unity”, “purpose”, “community” and “culture” in the border of the quilt to give the quilt extra meaning.

We hope you will take a moment this month to reflect upon and celebrate the amazing contributions that African Americans have made to our country.

Mary Lin Elementary Students Learn Quilting

Mary Lin Elementary students display their quilt blocks

The Clara Ford Foundation participated in the Black History Month celebration at the Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta. Quilters Marva Swanson, Laura Sorton, Nina Moore and O.V. Brantley shared the art of quilting with 236 elementary school students. 

With the help of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, the Clara Ford Foundation prepared a quilt block for each of the students. Each student then finished his/her quilt with an original drawing in the middle of the quilt.

The students and the teachers loved designing  their quilt blocks, and they learned a lot about quilting as well.  

Sisters and Friendship

Sisters and Friendship, aka Liberated Shaded Nine-Patch, by Jeanette Walton

The featured quilt of the week continued the celebration of Black History Month in the February 21, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. The quilt is called Sisters and Friendship, aka Liberated Shaded Nine-Patch, and it was created by Jeanette Walton.
 
This quilt originated as a block swap among a group of  African American Quilters on the Internet. In a block  swap, a group of quilters get together, agree on a color, or theme or pattern. Then each quilter makes a block for each person in the group. The blocks are exchanged, and the end result is that each quilter has a quilt with blocks in it that were made by other people.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette says that at the time of this swap, none of the quilters knew each other. Since that time she has met all of the quilters who participated in the swap, and they remain in touch. The women who participated in the swap were Jo Syphax and Sylvia Davis of California, Autumn Latimore of Wisconsin, and Jessica Vaughn of Denver.
 
As for the quilt itself, it is a stunning example of what a diverse melting pot of quilters can produce. Would you have guessed that five people who had never met produced this quilt? Maybe you should get out and meet somebody.

Quilts at Allen Temple Church Sunday

I Believe in Angels #7, by O.V. Brantley. For sale at ovbrant.etsy.com.

The Clara Ford Foundation is sponsoring a small exhibit of quilts at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Atlanta  Sunday, Februaruy 21, 2010.

The exhibit  is part the church’s Black History Celebration. The quilts will be available for viewing in the fellowship hall after the morning service.

Quilts by Bessie Barnett,  O.V. Brantley, Aleathia Chisolm, Janice Daniel, and  Elisa Woods will be on display.

Underground Railroad

Underground Railroad, by Charlotte Lindsey. Photo by India Brantley.

We kick off Black History Month with a quilt that is simply called Underground Railroad. It was featured in the January 31, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter, and it was created by Charlotte Lindsey.
 
 Many people believe that quilts were used to guide slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. A book called Hidden in Plain View by Jacqueline Tobin attempts to document that history.
 
The blocks in this quilt are from a book by Eleanor Burns who based these blocks on ideas from Tobin’s book. Quilters call these blocks the Underground Railroad blocks.

Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte challenged herself by making each block in this quilt only six inches square! The entire quilt measures 30 x 44 inches when the sashing and the border is included.
 
This quilt was part of the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. It is part of Charlotte’s permanent collection of heirloom quilts.

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