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Online Networking:

Aaartquilt: A mailing list on which African American art quilters share information on techniques, marketing, exhibition opportunities and other topics of interest.

AfricanAmericanQuilters: This is a place where African American quilters, quilt enthusiasts, and fiber artists can share ideas, advice, photos, and information

Eagle Quilter Swap Group: This group swaps 9-inch square (called Eagles) African patterned 100% cotton fabrics. Anyone who enjoys creating quilt blocks and tops from these fabrics are invited to join.

NAAAQ (National Association of African American Quilters). This is the online Bulletin Board for networking. The group is interested in supporting all aspects of quiltmaking by African American Quilters. The website is under construction. Plan to host an annual conference starting in 2003 or 2004.

QuiltinSistahs: A place where African American quilters can share the gift of quilting and share ideas and talents. Has a chat room.

Quilt Guilds - African-American:

AAQ

·        AAQ: Traditional quilters, artists and all skill levels are welcome. Membership is restricted and an invitation to join must be issued.

 

ARIZONA

CoCo Quilters [Phoenix]

 

Meet:   Third (3rd) Saturday of each month – location changes monthly

Contact:           Marguerite McCray

Telephone:       (623) 463-1936

E-mail:             cactusqltr@cox.net

 

Onyx Quilting Club - [Pima County, AZ] – No other information available

 

CALIFORNIA

 

Afro-American Quilters of Los Angeles - [Los Angeles, CA]

Meet:   Third (3rd) Saturday of each month @ 1:00 pm

Contact:           Sankofa2@msn.com

Telephone:       (323) 754-3749

 

San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild - See Website for Information

 

COLORADO

 

African-American Quilters and Collectors  [ Denver, CO ]

No other information available

 

Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji -  [Denver, CO]

 

Quilt Raffle - December 2002

 

Meet:   First (1st) Saturday each month (2nd Saturday if holiday weekend) – 10:00 am

Location:         Park Hill Library             4805 Montview Blvd        Denver, CO

Contact:           P. O. Box 200535                      Denver, CO 80220-0535

E-mail:              Helen.Thobhani@dot.state.co.us

 

The Rocky Mountain Wa Shonaji Quilt Guild was formed in February of 1994 by a group of five African-American women interested in perpetuating the heritage of quilting and promoting fellowship among those in quilting. This viable professional organization, representing the interests in quiltmaking and other fiber arts from an African-American perspective stresses education- "Each One, Teach One". Wa Shonaji seeks to promote the work and accomplishments of our members and to preserve the tradition, culture, and history of quilting. Wa Shonaji members enjoy, rather than judge each other's work.

The name Wa Shonaji comes from the Swahili language and is interpreted literally as- "People who sew". The guild name reflects both our south-western region of the the United States and our cultural heritage.

The members of RMWS, though predominantely of African-American ancestry, celebrate ethnic diversity in membership as well as in the mahy differing patterns displayed in our quilts.

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - [Washington, DC]

      Daughters of Dorcas and Sons- [Washington, DC]

Meet:   Every Tuesday morning

Location:         Calvary Episcopal Church           820 6th Street, NE          DC

Contact:           Viola Canady

Telephone:       (202) 544-3245

 

Daughters of Dorcas and Sons was established in 1979 by Viola Canady, who remains its President. The group, located in Washington, D.C., has over 200 members. It is a member of the National Quilting Association.

 

 

 

GEORGIA

 

Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Society  - [Atlanta] - See Website for more info

 

E-mail:             brownsugarstitchers@yahoo.com

Telephone:       (770) 339-6314

 

Reynoldstown Quilters - [Atlanta] – No contact info available

 

ILLINOIS

  Needles & Threads Quilters Guild - [ Chicago ] - See website for info

 

INDIANA

 

Gary Community Quilters Guild - [ East Chicago, IN ] - No info available

 

 

Lost Creek Quilters - [Lost Creek, IN ] - No other information available

 

Sisters of the Cloth - [Fort Wayne, IN] - See website for more information

 

LOUISIANA

 

Cane River Creole Quilters - [Natchitoches, LA] - No other info available

 

Red Stitch Quilters - [East Baton Rouge, LA] - No other info available

 

MARYLAND

 

AA Quilters of Baltimore - [Baltimore, MD]

 

Meet:   First (1st) Saturday of each month

Location:         Waverly Branch Library               33rd Street at Barclay

Dues:               $25 / year

Contact:           P. O. Box 20617            Baltimore, MD 21223

Telephone:       (410) 945-6863

E-mail:             barante@erols.com

 

UHURU Quilters Guild -  [Clinton, MD]

 

Meet:   Third (3rd) Saturday of each month – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dues:               $24 / year                      Current Membership:   30

Location:         College Park Community Center – 5051 Pierce Ave – College Park, MD

Contact:           Carol Williams         P. O. Box 936         Clinton, MD 20735-0936

Telephone:       (301) 203-1903;

FAX:                 FAX #: (301) 203-1759

E-mail:             CWilli3833@aol.com

MASSACHUSETTS

 Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth – [Randolph, MA]

 

Meet:  Third 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location:         First Congregational Church – Memorial Drive – Randolph, MA

 

Contact:           Jeannette E. Spencer, President

E-Mail:             Jspenc275@aol.com

Telephone:      (508) 580-5252

 

Contact:           Naomi Henry, Vice President

E-Mail:             Nhenry8787@aol.com

Telephone:      (617) 524-6894

 

Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth is the only incorporated group of Women of Color in Massachusetts which has been established to promote quilting as an ethnic tradition.

           

MICHIGAN

 

Flint Afro-American Quilter's Guild - [Flint, MI]

Meet:         Weekly
Location:   Oak Park Methodist Church        Flint, MI

The Flint Afro-American Quilters Guild was organized in 1989 by Jeffalone Rumph and Derenda Collins as a response to the need for educating the public about the rich heritage of black quilting in American history.

The group has organized workshops for children and adults throughout the community, participated in the traveling quilt exhibit organized by Michigan State University's Traditional Arts Program, and continues to serve as a suport network for other Black arts through its coopertion with other cultural organizations in the Flint area.

The group's yearly local quilt show is the highlight of the previous year's quilting season.

 

Wednesday Night Quilters - [Detroit, MI] - No other information available

 

Quilting Sisters Ministry of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church [Detroit]

Meet:   Every Wednesday evening – 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location:         Hartford Memorial Baptist Church  - 18700 James Couzens - Detroit

Church #:         (313) 861-1300

Contact:           Deacon Pearl Cook

Telephone:       (313) 273-6065

                                    or

Contact:           Elaine Yancy-Hollis

Telephone:      (313) 372-2442

 

NEW JERSEY

 

Ebony Rainbow Quilt Guild of South Jersey

Meet:   Second (2nd) Saturday of each month – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Guests are welcomed at 1:00 pm – no fee for guest visit

Location:         Gloucester Counter Library

                        Rte. 45 and Wolfert Station Road     -    Mullica Hill, NJ

Contact:           Barbara Imes Jordan (President)

                        550 Proposed Ave

                        Franklinville, NJ 08322-3034

Telephone:       (856) 629-4121 (after 10:00 am)

E-mail:             wheelchairquilt@snip.net

 

 Nubian Heritage Quilters Guild - [Newark, NJ]

(NOTE: this is not an official website for the guild, but gives some info about it)

Contact:           P. O. Box 25005

                        Newark, NJ 07101

        

 Rockdale Quilters – No information available

 

 

NEW YORK

 

Ebony Threads - [New York, NY] - No other information available

 

Quilters of Color Network of New York, Inc. - [New York, NY]

 

Meet:   Fourth (4th)  4th Saturday each month; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

            (September – June; there are no meeting in July and August)

Dues:               $25 / year          Visitor’s Fee:    $3 (limited to 2 visits)

Location:         In Manhattan at Renwick Gardens - 332 East 29th St

                        (between First and Second Avenues)

Mailing Address:          300 W. 110th Street        Apt. 9-F                   New York, NY 10026-4050

Telephone:      (718) 774-9858

E-mail:             quiltersofcolor@hotmail.com

 

QCNNY was founded to foster and preserve the art of quilting among people of color. Our objective is to offer quilting techniques to enhance the skills of all Quilters regardless of race or gender. We offer original designed quilts to Museums and Galleries for exhibition. We host quilting workshops and demonstrations for adults, children and teachers. It is our goals to stimulate interest in the art of quilting and, hopefully, guide and foster the next generation of Quilters. The aim of our guild is to present a variety of works that reflect the diversity of the cultural backgrounds of our multi-ethnic membership which include male members.

Paying attention to the traditional art form of quilting, we allow the spiritual, social and environmental issues of today to inspire us in our creations. Through our guild's objectives and ongoing documentation, we seek to preserve the history and work of our contemporary quilt makers.

As a Non-Profit organization, our members donate quilts and surgical dolls to the pediatric and geriatric wards, as well as quilts and cloth dolls to organizations for the needy.

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN QUILTERS

[ website is under construction ]

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

            African American Quilt Circle - [Durham]

Meet:   First (1st) Saturday of each month

Location:         Havti Heritage Center

                        804 Fayetteville Street

                        Durham, NC

Contact:           Marguerite McCray

Telephone:       (623) 463-1936

E-mail:             sun019@aol.com

 

Grace Presbyterian Church - [Winston-Salem]

Meet:   First (1st) Tuesday of each month

Contact:           Marguerite McCray

Location:         Grace Presbyterian Church         Carver Road       Winston-Salem, NC

Contact:            For more information, contact the church

 

Heritage Quilters - [Warrenton]

               E-mail: customerservice@heritagequilters.net

 

 

OHIO

 

African Parish House Quilters – [Columbus, OH]

Meet:   Third (3rd) Saturday of each month; 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Dues:               $15.00 annually

Location:         African Parish House      189 N.20th Street            Columbus, OH

Telephone:      (614) 258-4496

E-mail:             hebron1@prodigy.net

 

Sacred Sisters & Brothers Mentoring Group - [ Columbus, OH ]

                                    No other information is available

 

PENNSYLVANIA

 

African-American Heritage Quilters - [Pittsburgh, PA]

 

Meet:   Second (2nd) Sunday each month; 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Do not meet July & August)

Dues:               $12 / year

Location:         Lemington Home            Lincoln Avenue              Pittsburgh, PA

Contact:           Gerry

Telephone:      (412) 371-0694

E-mail:             AAHQG@aol.com

 

Quilter's of the Roundtable - [Philadelphia, PA]

 

Meet:   Third (3rd) Sunday of each month; 2:00 pm

Dues:               $15 / year

Location:         Kennedy House             30th Floor           19th & JFK  Blvd

Motto is "each one, teach one". Goal is to promote African American quilting. All are welcome. Group exhibits locally, make charity quilts, teach community groups, etc. Each meeting includes swaps, reviews, lectures, and programs of techniques and strategies taughts by members and guests. Light refreshments and show and tell.

 

TEXAS

 

Blue Triangle Guild - [Houston]

 

Meet:   Fourth (4th) Saturday of each month; 9:30 am – 12:00 pm (noon)

Location:         Blue Triangle Multipurpose Building (Tutorial Room B)

                        4901 Lyons Avenue        Houston, TX

Contact:           Jerona I. Williams

Telephone:      (713) 896-9010

E-mail:             jiwilliams@teacher.esc4.com

 

The Blue Triangle Quilt Guild was the vision of its founder Jerona Irethia Williams. For years she wanted to start an African American Quilt Guild in Houston. She shared her vision with her friend Charlotte Bryant who sits on the board of the historical Blue Triangle Multipurpose Center.  She told her that the center hosted their first African American quilting group in 1962. It also was the premiere social hall for African Americans during that era. Mrs. Bryant suggested that his would be a prime location for the guild.  

The guild met for the first time on January 9, 1999. Since that time, they have also participated in the Sixth Annual Citywide African-American Artist Exhibit at Houston Public Library.

 

The guild offers its members, fellowship, spirituality, support, leadership, community service and creative expression. They have community service programs that involves helping the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Girl’s Rites of Passage Program, “Transformation”, with their annual quilt project. New members are always welcome!

 

Quilting Sisters of Color - [Dallas/Fort Worth]

 

Open to quilters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Contact:           Diana Petterson             P.O. Box 382515           Duncanville, TX 75138

Telephone:      (817) 467-4232

E-mail:             patchworkdiva@cowtown.net

 

 

VIRGINIA

 

54-40 African American Quilting Guild - See Website for information

 

 

 

     Friends Who Sit and Quilt – Hampton, Virginia

         

Meet:   Second (2nd) Saturday of each month; 12:00 pm    4:00 pm

Location:         Northampton Community Center

                        1435 – A     Todds Lane

                        Hampton, VA 23666       Telephone: (???) 825-4805

Dues:               $25.00, due upon joining and renewed each year in September

Contact:           Sandra J. Williams, Chairman

                        4029 Sun Valley Crescent

                        Chesapeake, VA 23321-3119

Telephone:      (757) 488-6594

E-mail:             goldndle@my-freenet.com  or   goldndle@hotmail.com

 

Friends Who Sit and Quilt: is a group of African-American quilting friends who have come together in their joy of quilting. The group, founded in February 1999, is a diverse collection of women whose backgrounds range from master quilters to novices. Individual members have taught quilting internationally as well as locally to church and school groups. Some members have quilt legacies that go back four and five generations.

 

Out purpose is to share our love and excitement for quilting and to promote and educate about quilting as an American art form. We delight in fabric and stitch and nurture the talents and creativity each member possesses. Our friendships form the patchwork of our group.

 

 

WASHINGTON

Pacific Northwest African-American Quilters - [Seattle]

                              See Website for information

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