Happy 4th Anniversary!

Akoma Ntoso Modern Quilt Guild was born out of the desire to form an association with like-minded Sisters who could come together to explore the exciting world of quilting! Born on April 7, 2018, the guild has explored all forms of quilting genres from modern to cultural gems throughout the African Diaspora. We have formed wonderful community partnerships with other …

2022 Hoosier Women at (Work) Play History Conference

Update! After polling past Hoosier Women at Work conference attendees, it has become clear that respondents prefer an online conference this year. So the 2022 Hoosier Women at Play Conference will be a free week-long series of lunch hour talks via Zoom. Please submit your paper and session proposals as you would for an in-person conference. See below to learn how …

Discovering Kawandi

Discovering Myself in the Kawandi Quilts By Dr. Tony Jean Dickerson, January 6, 2022 I started quilting because of my mother. I have sewn all of my life, receiving my first working sewing machine at the age of 6 years old. Having been brought up in Central Indiana, I was the product of my home, 4H, and Home Economics. My …

National African American Quilt Guild!

  Dr. Tony Jean Dickerson made 10 postcards that were donated to the Harriet Tubman Museum’s “We Walk with Harriet” movement. These three depict Harriet Tubman, the map of her 116 mile trek, and the muster of her 2x great grandfather Jim Shanklin a Private in the Union Army from Kentucky. Find the full article about the inaugural National African …

Sew Purple Day 2021!

Sew Purple Day 2021!  The Longest Day is the day with the most light – the summer solstice. It’s also the day the Alzheimer’s Association calls on everyone to fight Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds and awareness for care, support and research!   Join the Akoma Ntoso Modern Quilt Guild’s team for The Longest Day Activity! Donate $20 (or more) …

Spotlight On: Anna B Brown!

It’s always a good day to celebrate our members! This month we celebrate Anna B Brown! Anna B Brown, a 2018 founding member of Akoma Ntoso MQG, is the 4th child (right smack in the middle) of Roosevelt and Anna Brown from Hollandale, Mississippi. Anna is the fourth “Anna” in her family. Her maternal grandmother, nicknamed Sis, and her mother …

In Honor of World Book Day 2021

On Monday, April 19, 2021 the members of Akoma Ntoso Modern Quilt Guild visited Rosie’s Tiny Tots Ministry in Indianapolis with the intention of gifting twenty-three 4 and 5 year olds with book pillows in honor of World Book Day!  The first World Book Day was celebrated on 23 April in 1995, and continues to be recognized on that day. Members …

Akoma Ntoso MQG is a Solstice Champion!

The longest day of the year, referred to as the summer solstice, occurs in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20th or 21st each year. The name “solstice” comes from the Latin word “sol” which means sun and sistere which means standstill. The day occurs when the sun is precisely overhead the Tropic of Cancer, which is the furthermost northern point the …

Our Guild is Thriving During the “New Normal”

According to a 2017 Quilting in America Survey conducted by Quiltinghub.com, quilting is a $3.7 Billion industry with some 7 – 10 million quilters. This was before the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic!  While the survey found that most quilters are still over the age of 63, there is a growing trend towards the “under 45” quilter. Regardless of age, it also …

Help Make Masks for the American Red Cross

Through a partnership with the American Red Cross and Crimson Tate Quilt Shop, our President and Founder, Dr. Tony Jean Dickerson helped to narrate a video for mask making  https://youtu.be/cyd5RoW4RQU.  Do you or your organization want to help in these trying times? Visit the American Red Cross website and go for it!   https://www.redcross.org/local/indiana/volunteer/make-face-coverings.html