African American Quilt and Doll Guild
"Threads Intertwined Hold and Bind"  

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Cuyahoga Valley Retreat


Julius Bremer’s quilt, Barack Obama,  was selected for the "Paying Homage: Celebrating the Diversity of Men in Quilts Exhibit".  It runs from JUNE 2, 2018 – AUGUST 26, 2018.  The exhibit will be held at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas

Paying Homage focuses on contemporary quilts by men with a theme of paying homage to ancestors or influential individuals. The exhibition includes local and national loans alongside objects in various mediums from the Spencer Museum’s permanent collection.

This exhibition acknowledges that contemporary men quilt artists take their inspiration from mothers, sisters, and grandmothers, as well as from the African American women quilters who pioneered modern story quilting as a way to link generations and pass down unwritten histories. That ancestry is shown in part by featuring Faith Ringgold’s influential Flag Story Quilt (1985).

Featured quilt artists include Faith Ringgold, William Daniels, Leo Ransom, Luke Haynes, Marvin Crum, Julius J. Bremer, and Miles Beaty. Artists working in other mediums include Willie Cole, Aaron Douglas, Kehinde Wiley, and Gordon Parks.

Paying Homage builds on research for the Museum’s 2017 exhibition Narratives of the Soul. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the National African American Quilt Convention (NAAQC), in collaboration with Marla A. Jackson, director of Marla Quilts Inc. and the National African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy, Lawrence. The NAAQC is a citywide celebration of African American history, quilting traditions, and contemporary artistic practices, and will be held at numerous locations July 11–14, 2018.

Allison Smith's Quilt Displayed at Governor's Mansion
By Regina Abernathy

Allison Smith, a retired Army Reserve Veteran, Sgt. First Class E. 7, and world class quilter will have her quilt displayed near Columbus, Ohio.   Her quilt, Queen, was selected to be displayed at the Ohio Governor's residence in Bexley, Ohio.  The Governor's office had a call for all military women who were artist to submit their artwork.  The result was six women from the state of Ohio were juried,   One of those six were Allison Smith.  She was the only quilter selected for the honor.   As a result, an artist reception was held for the artists at the Governor's residence.  Her quilt, The Queen, will be on display from May 1 through July 16, 2018.  

Doll Makers Display Cancer Dolls at Warrensville Library

The African American Quilt and Doll Guild participated in a book signing at the Warrensville Heights Library in February 2018.  Author, Andrea Dylan Campbell, requested that the guild display cancer dolls as she discussed her book, “ A Beautiful Journey, Finding Purpose Through Cancer.

Regina Abernathy and Tracy James represented the Guild at the event.  Both Abernathy and James created a Cancer Doll Display and answered questions regarding the dolls during the event.  

There were a variety of cancer dolls.  Some were created to represent cancer survivors. All the dolls were without hair to represent the effects of cancer treatment. Also, some dolls were created to provide comfort for those currently on the journey.  Furthermore, free dolls were available for children who currently have cancer.

The cancer dolls were created by doll makers, Doressa Carlton, Gloria Kellon, and Pamela Smith.
AAQDG Goes High Tech …continued

Julia Hutchinson, who is always ready to reach out to others, expressed to her daughter, 
Miss Stacey Hutchinson that she wanted to create a sewing party to help young girls in 
Africa. Her daughter was able to plan this event as a community project and many students 
volunteered. Some had never used a sewing machine before. Others had had some experience.

Julia designed patterns, gathered fabric, accessories, sewing machines, and a few guild 
members. This was Intergenerational sewing at its best. The students all wanted to know, 
“When are we going to do this again Miss Hutchinson?” The AAGDG members asked the 
students to have a class to teach them some of their High Tech skills.

The dresses will be taken personally by Julia’s friend across the ocean to bring joy to others.

Volunteering at Lexington-Bell…continued

Many of the older girls learned to use the sewing machine

and were very excited about this new learning experience.

The students learned to make a Nine-Patch block using

African Fabric. Mixed along with these experiences were

the interesting conversations with the boys and girls.

Several members were involved themselves in this

community outreach program.

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