Session #3 of Common Threads: Alabama’s Quilting Traditions 

Montgomery, Ala. – Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13, the Alabama Folklife Association will lead their third session of a series of programs and workshops dedicated to the study, appreciation, and education of Alabama’s quilting traditions. This upcoming session will be held in Selma, Alabama, where a renaissance of the arts is contributing to community and economic development along with Selma’s destination for heritage tourists due to the many significant historic landmarks and a thriving downtown.

Friday, September 12 offers a full day of programs that will begin at the historic Carneal Building, 3 Church Street, on the corner with Water Avenue. Home to Arts Revive, the facility hosts a variety of programs and events throughout the year. Author and master quilt maker, Agnes Poole will present “It’s Documentation Time.” Archivist and Chair, Alabama Black Heritage Council, Ms. Frazine Taylor, will provide information on researching family history. Learning how to navigate valuable archival resources is important. These primary materials can reveal a wealth of information.

The afternoon will feature a show and tell, so bring a family heirloom! Then we will enjoy viewing works by master quilt maker, Mary Lucas at The Tin Man Studio, owned by her son and Alabama’s internationally known folk artist, Charlie Lucas. Storytelling with Charlie will end the day followed by a scavenger hunt in his studio.

Saturday, September 13, will be a “No Rules” quilt session dedicated to creativity and innovation. You will make a piece (square or not) from items in a grab bag. Let the pieces of fabric speak to you, create your own quilt language, and tell your own story.

Sponsors include the Art Revive, Black Belt Community Foundation and Black Belt Treasurers Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC). The BBTCAC continues their work to develop the Black Belt Quilt Trail. A meeting will be held at the Selma Art Guild, 508 Selma Avenue, on Saturday, September 6, 2014 9:30 am. Be ready to bring your ideas and information.

Common Threads details and links to registration at Eventbrite, can be found on the AFA web site See the “Current Events” section, right column on the home page. Contact the AFA by email: “Like” Common Threads on Facebook.

Common Threads Flyer, Here

For more information please contact:
Jo Taylor at the Black Belt Community Foundation
334-874-1126 or e-mail at


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