Virginia Avery

We quilters lost one of our foremothers yesterday–Virginia Avery. She was just a couple weeks shy of her 100th birthday. Jinny was one of the quilt world’s pioneers. Back in the early 70s, she decided people needed someone to teach them to quilt, and that person was going to be her. She was good at…

The most famous quilter you never heard of

Recently, thanks to the wonders of the social network, I learned some sad news. Anna Williams died. Anna was Gee’s Bend before Gee’s Bend. By that I mean she was perhaps the first African American quilter whose improvisational quilts were publicly recognized as art – discovered, applauded, and promoted by the mainstream quilt world. During…

The Lost Heroes Art Quilt

An amazing art quilt has been traveling the country for the past few years – the Lost Heroes Art Quilt. It’s an incredibly powerful piece by Julie Feingold, and it’s a tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s totally non-political. If you…