Benberry, Cuesta. Always There: The African American
Presence in American Quilts. The Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc.: Louisville,
A selection of quilts and with chapters that include
slave-made products, free blacks in antebellum America, late nineteenth
century, and contemporary quilts.
Callahan, Nancy. The Freedom Quilting Bee. University
of Alabama Press: Tuscaloosa, 1987.
The story of patchwork quilts created by African Americans
and sold through a cooperative in Wilson County, Alabama.
Ferris, William. Afro-American Folk Art and Crafts.
University Press of Mississippi: Jackson, 1983.
Features a variety of crafts with a section devoted
Fry, Gladys-Marie. Stitched from the Soul: Slave Quilts
from the Ante-Bellum South. University of North Carolina Press,
A thoroughly researched and richly illustrated treatment
of slave quilts as cultural icons, with chapters on the enslaved seamstress,
production areas, and quilting party.
Grudin, Eva Ungar. Stitching Memories: African American
Story Quilts. Williams College Museum of Art: Williamstown, Massachusetts,
A collection of mostly contemporary quilts that show
how African American artists have expressed personal stories, history,
religious ideas, and whimsical images.
Leon, Eli. Models in the Mind: African Prototypes in
American Patchwork. Winston-Salem State University: Winston-Salem,
Draws parallels between African fabric motifs and designs
found in African American patchwork quilts.
Leon, Eli. Who=d
A Thought It: Improvisation in African American Quiltmaking. San
Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum: San Francisco, 1987.
A selection of pieced and stripped contemporary quilts
by African Americans.
Picton, John and Mack, John. African Textiles. Harper
and Row, Publishers: New York, 1989.
A richly illustrated publication on traditional African
textiles, including beaten bark cloths and woven cloths and raphia.
Flournoy, Valerie. The Patchwork Quilt. Dial Books
for Young Readers: New York, 1985.
Tanya and her family use scraps of materials from their
clothes to finish a quilt that her sick grandmother has started. For
third grade and above.
Hopkinson, Deborah. Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.
Alfred A. Knopf: New York, 1993.
Twelve-year-old Clara becomes a seamstress in the "big
house" and makes a quilt that serves as a map to freedom for
slaves. For third grade and above.