Learn more about African American, Amish, and Mennonite quilting traditions with a quilting fest from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on Saturday, November 3. The day will include presentations from Kyra Hicks and Janneken Smucker, opportunities for individuals to share the story of one of their quilts, and time to fellowship over soup and a dessert potluck. There will be shared quilting time on pieces to be auctioned at Mennonite Central Committee relief sales.
Piecing Together Traditions will be held at the MCC Material Resources Center, 516 West Trout Run Road, Ephrata, Pa. Registration costs $15, due October 3. Register by calling the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at (717) 393-9745 or online at lmhs.org.
Kyra E. Hicks is a self-taught, skilled crafter who uses cotton to explore political, religious, family and romantic themes. Her work has been shown in such prestigious venues as the American Craft Museum in New York, the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut. Her work appears in the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, and in the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York. She is the author of “Black Threads: An African American Quilting Sourcebook,” “This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers’ Bible Quilt and Other Pieces,” the children’s book “Martha Ann’s Quilt for Queen Victoria,” and other publications.
Janneken Smucker, a fifth-generation Mennonite quiltmaker, is Assistant Professor of History at West Chester University where she specializes in digital and public history and American material culture. The author of “Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon,” she lectures and writes widely on the topic of quilts for both popular and academic audiences. She is board president of the nonprofit, Quilt Alliance, working closely with its oral history project, titled Quilters Save Our Stories.
Fee charged, advance registration required