African American Quilting on the Rise Says Author Kyra E. Hicks

African American quilter Kyra E. Hicks is part of a rising trend. According to the 2010 Quilting in AmericaTM survey, there has been a 65% increase in the number of black quilters in the last decade. Hicks is an author and expert in African American quilts.

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New Book on African American Quilters by Kyra Hicks

Did you known S. Epatha Merkerson, who played Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the TV show Law & Order, is a quilter?

Arlington, VA (Vocus) September 23, 2010

African American quilting is a growing trend in the U.S. and quilters are spending more on their craft. According to this year’s Quilting in America survey there has been a 65% increase in the number of black quilters in the past decade. Hicks is an expert on African American quilt history. Her newest book is titled “1.6 Million African American Quilters: Survey, Sites, and a Half-Dozen Art Quilt Blocks.

In 2000 there were a million black quilters in the U.S. Today there are 1.6 million black quilters among a total of 21 million quilters in America. Black quilters spend $279 million annually on quilting activities, products and services such as fabrics, sewing machines, quilting lessons, magazines and books, up from $93.6 million ten years ago.

“1.6 Million African American Quilters: Survey, Sites, and a Half-Dozen Art Quilt Blocks” also includes the first published directory of more than 270 web sites, blogs and YouTube videos featuring African American quilters and guilds.

Quilting is not just popular with women. There are links in the book to more than 10 web sites and blogs featuring African American male quilters.

“1.6 Million African American Quilters: Survey, Sites, and a Half-Dozen Art Quilt Blocks,” introduces readers to links to well-known quilters such as Michael Cummings of New York and Carole Harris of Detroit. It also introduces emerging art quilters such as Aisha Lumumba of Atlanta, Georgia, and Cecelia "Cely" Pedescleaux of New Orleans. There are famous quilters too. For example: “Did you known S. Epatha Merkerson, who played Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on the TV show Law & Order, is a quilter?” says Hicks.

Perhaps the most valuable to quilters are the six afro-centrically designed art quilt blocks included in the book. Quilt blocks are patterns a quilter can use to make a quilt. Washington, D.C. artist, quilter and dollmaker Francine Haskins designed the blocks.

“1.6 Million African American Quilters: Survey, Sites, and a Half-Dozen Art Quilt Blocks” is available on Amazon.com or for more information see http://www.black-threads.com

About Kyra E. Hicks
Hicks is a skilled crafter whose work has been shown around the country in such prestigious venues as the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery in Washington DC, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Her quilts are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City and the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Her work has also been featured in over a dozen books, newspapers, and magazines, including Essence, Folk Art, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. This is her fourth book on African American quilt history.

1.6 Million African American Quilters: Survey, Sites, and a Half-Dozen Art Quilt Blocks
by Kyra E. Hicks
Black Threads Press, 62 pages, $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-9824796-7-4

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