The next time you're out and about grab the August/September issue of Country Woman Magazine to read about Uhuru in their "Camaraderie Among Quilters" article. Head over to our Facebook group and let us know what you think.
Uhuru Quilters Guild Exhibit
Montpelier House Museum is honored to present the latest creations of the Uhuru
Quilters Guild. We invite you to see these beautiful works, a mix of full size and
challenge size quilts featuring traditional as well as original designs.
The Uhuru Quilters Guild seeks to promote the work and accomplishments of
African American quilters and to preserve the tradition, culture and history of
For more information on the Uhuru Quilters Guild, visit their website
at http://www.uhuruquiltersguild.org/. To see photos of Uhuru quilts from
past exhibits at Montpelier, sign up for our e-newsletter at:
Montpelier House Museum
9650 Muirkirk Road
(Muirkirk Road at Route 197)
Laurel, Maryland 20708
Tel.: (301) 377-7817, TTY: (301) 699-2544
Montpelier House Museum | MNCPPC, MD
Opens Saturday, July 17, 10 am – 4 pm.
Exhibit will be open Thursdays – Mondays, 10am – 4 pm, through Sunday, August 29.
In one of the last official acts for the Uhuru Quilters Guild in 2020, you decided to cast your vote for me to become your next coordinator. With that said, let me begin by saying a very heartfelt “thank you”.
On behalf of the entire Guild, we would like to express our gratitude to Maxine Morgan for her dedicated years serving as Uhuru’s Coordinator.
Let us begin by recognizing that 2020 was a challenging year for all of us. Thanks to Cornelia Carter-Sykes, for taking us forward into the era of Zoom, a new technology which we will continue to utilize until we can meet in person again. We will continue to develop new and exciting ways to meet and exchange ideas, and new projects while serving the charitable needs of our community.
We have made through 2020, and look forward to all that 2021 has to offer. I wish you all a warm and Happy New Year.
Azalia O. Butler
How about a quick trip?
The upcoming exhibit "Quilts and the Stories They Tell" looks at fabric narratives as told by Sarita Brewer, Sandra Ealy, Cathy Fink, Shirley Hodge, Lauren Kingsland, Angela Lanier, Maxine Morgan, Tammie Morrow, Winifred Wallace, Carol Williams, and Katherine Wilson. Curated by Lauren Kingsland in partnership with Sandy Spring Museum, with support from the Maryland State Arts Council. Hope you can visit the show in person or virtually. Registeration for virtual programs is through SandySpringmuseum.org.
Virtual Exhibit Programs
One Snip Stars for Quilters
January 16 at 3:00 pm
Hands-on virtual workshop on how to construct a 5-pointed star with a clever fold and just one snip of
the scissors. Led by Lauren Kingsland.
Make a Flash Story Quilt
February 2 at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm
Hands-on virtual workshops on telling a simple story in fabric led by Lauren Kingsland.
Behind the Quilts: A Virtual Musical Experience
February 18 at 7:30 pm
Featuring music from Grammy-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcie Marxer, spoken word by curator
Lauren Kingsland, and shared stories by members of the Uhuru Quilters Guild.
HerStory Through Quilts
March 6 at 11:00 am
Virtual presentation focusing on the anatomy of a story quilt and highlighting story quilts created by a
diverse group of women. Led by Angela Lanier.
The Sandy Spring Museum will exhibit our story quilts virtually and physically in January. Below please find links for more information and reservations.
Uhuru members will join master quilt artist Lauren Kingsland and Cathy Fink for in an exhibit "Quilts And The Stories They Tell". The exhibit will run January 8- March 12, 2021; open Mondays and Wednesdays 10am - 4pm and Fridays 10am - 8pm and will be closed on President's Day. There are capacity limitations so reservations are encouraged. Learn more and make a reservation here: https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/quilts/
Save the date and reserve your spot for Angela's virtual presentation, HerStory Through Quilts, March 6 11am - 12:30pm. https://www.sandyspringmuseum.org/event/virtual-herstory-through-quilts/
Please share with your friends, family and quilt lovers.
Donnette A. Cooper
“Like countless others, I was transfixed as I watched in disbelief the replay of the casual, yet methodical, manner in which George Floyd's breath was arrested and his vitality extinguished by the police. Despite centuries of ancestral memory, I was not prepared to face the urgent hate that led to this act--executed over eight minutes and forty-six seconds.
Justice is not available to all in America. Like hope, it sometimes dies unborn. As Mr. Floyd's vital statistics flatlined on the streets of Minneapolis, so did Justice for millions of others.
My quilt expresses graphically Mr. Floyd's lifeline permanently interrupted by the systems and agents of oppression.”
I had been struggling with both how to deal with my anger about what seemed like endless incidents of police brutality and social injustice. I wanted to do something and find a way to contribute to the conversation. This exhibit gave me the opportunity to do that.
“Inspangered” is my creative response to the numerous unjust murders of so many unarmed African Americans. It simply means “inspired by anger.” When I designed the quilt in my head, I had just watched a Faith Ringgold lecture on YouTube and thought of her painting, “The Flag is Bleeding.” The flag reference became essential to my design. So did the blood.
See We Are The Story for more information.
Katherine Wilson's quilt False Advertising, was one of 31 quilts selected for the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Beyond the Mirror exhibit that will be on tour through 2023. It will debut at International Quilt Festival in Houston October 2020. Click here for more information.
Katherine Wilson’s quilt Prayer Warriors is currently hanging in the exhibit Working with the Muse at Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD. Click on the link https://www.strathmore.org/visual-arts/exhibitions/quilts# for a virtual tour of the exhibition. Enjoy.
Practice, Challenge, Improvement
Have you noticed a theme yet in my monthly messages? Certainly not my intent, just what I hope is a happy evolution. I find myself repeating the advice my dad gave me to my nine year old almost weekly... Practice, Practice, Practice, the classmate who aces the quiz or the opponent who defeats you only did so because they practiced more than you. It was really unpleasant to hear then, as I’m sure it is for my son today, but I wish I could hear those words again from my dad. My free motion quilting is absolutely awful and I know the only thing that is going to matter now is practice. And more practice. And still more practice.
For example, I've seen Bernadett's long arm quilting improve over the last year or so and I’d bet a yard of fabric, she’d say that it is because she is quilting more and trying new things. I think that is the second step in improving your skills; challenging yourself. The Guild’s March Challenge, to take on a difficult block, one you have avoided in the past or wouldn't even dare to try, is a challenge to practice, to improve. I hope that you've attempted this month's challenge and learned something new...a new technique or discovered something new in you.
Happy 19th Birthday Uhuru! Happy National Quilting Day! Here's to a year of practice and improvement.
I’ve finally finished my 2013 Quilts to Make list and this list leaves me thinking about “inspiration”. As I poured over the project bags, boxes, books, bookmarked magazines, I pondered my criteria. Why did three wonderfully modern quilts, one really complex hand applique and several hand embroidery quilts make this year’s list? Where did this eclectic mix originate? Thus, my “inspiration” question.
Do you scan Pinterest for hours? Do you clip from quilting magazines? Bookmark blogs and websites? Do you have the latest quilting book published? Are you fascinated by a favorite technique? Do you have a favorite instructor or famous quilter you are inspired by? Leave a comment, let me know.
Of all these resources, I can say without hesitation or doubt my greatest inspiration, month after month, is our Show and Tell. I see the work of “My Ladies,” (my affectionate term for my fellow guild members), and I’m moved to create, repeat, try, start, or just do something with fabric. There are months when I only enter my quilt room to iron a shirt, yet I’m suddenly there on the third Saturday after a guild meeting, trying to get my bearings or start yet another new project. With all the books, blogs and and quilting magazines overwhelming my senses without fail, “my ladies” shine above as inspiration and for that I’m ever grateful.