October 23, 2019

Featured Image: Peaceful Village

Quiltmaker Interview How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I challenged myself to use all American fabrics and place them so that they had an African effect. I ended up using two small pieces of African fabric. One piece was from Soweto and has the face of Malcolm X on it. The piece was given to me by a friend who travelled to Africa. I used a lot of hand dyed and hand painted fabric that I did myself and one shibori piece that I did while taking a class. I was inspired by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Harriet Powers & Quilting

Today in History–October 29–the Library of Congress features quilter Harriet Powers, born on this day in 1837. Harriet Powers used a traditional appliqué technique to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events. Find out more about the quilting tradition by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this folk art form. Quilts Preserve Memories from America's Library Stitch a Quilt from America's Library Quilts … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Mississippi

The September 25, 2012 Today in History post featured William Faulkner, creator of the fictional Yoknapatawpha County which was based upon and inspired by Lafayette County, Mississippi. Find out all about the real state of Mississippi through a review of thousands of primary sources available online from the Library of Congress. Mississippi stories from America’s Library Mississippi primary source set Mississippi image set from American … [Read more...]