Piecing Together Our Black History – A Special Exhibit from the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild

If you were able to join us last year at our Garden of Quilts event then you may have had the pleasure of seeing the incredible exhibit of quilts lent to us by the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild.

The quilts in this exhibit each told a powerful story.

Our purpose is to foster the art and history of quilting, focusing on African American traditions. We are active in the community, with regular donations of handmade quilts for children in foster care (Carrie Steele-Pitts Home) and those suffering from Sickle Cell Anemia (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—Hughes Spalding Hospital). We have provided quilted purses to young people in Zambia for menstrual supplies and tribute quilts for families of local victims of violence. We offer educational outreach to all ages through programs and quilting lessons led by our talented members. We aim to preserve the art, craft, and rich history of African American quilting.

– Brown Sugar Stitchers

February is Black History Month and we will be showcasing some of these beautiful quilts throughout the month. We are starting with this beautiful quilt titled Piecing Together Our Black History. This quilt is made by Shannon Turner & Maxine Moore.

The Quilt Story

“I was inspired to do this quilt when my mom and I went to a quilting presentation at Honey Creek Elementary School about 10 years ago. In this quilt, I wanted to feature some the African Americans not taught in school When Barak Obama was elected President I know that he would be also included in the quilt”.

Each block of the quilt shows a different person from history and their name. A powerful reminder of those who came before and the work they did. We couldn’t think of a better quilt to share to kick off Black History Month!

Be sure to follow along with the quilting adventure of the Brown Sugar Stitchers! @brownsugarstitchersquiltguild on Instagram.

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