A Communion of the Spirits: African-American Quilters, Preservers, and Their Stories
Looks at the wide variety of roles that quilting plays in African American life, including physical, spiritual, cultural, and historical roles
This wonderful book is the culmination of a quarter of a century of work by photographer Roland L. Freeman, documenting black quilting practices throughout America. Freeman came by his love of quilts as a boy growing up in Baltimore in the 1940s, when he was fascinated by a “healing quilt” that had been made by his great-great-grandmother. That childhood interest led to this book — nearly 400 pages of profiles of quiltmakers and color photographs of their quilts, in a stunning examination of quilts as objects of art, symbols of heritage and, of course, something to keep you warm.