Member Info: Making Your Nametag!

One of our first projects is going to be for each member to make their own personal name badge to wear for each meeting. You should have received a small baggy with some material and a free lanyard for this purpose. You can make it by hand or machine. Several members wore theirs to our first guild meeting on June …

Happy June Birthdays!

The members of Akoma Ntoso would like to wish a wonderful HAPPY BIRTH DAY to our members who are celebrating June birthdays! June 4th: Alnita Renee Lee was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. An only child and the eldest grandchild of her family, she was raised like a sister to her younger aunt and uncles. Nita–or “Big Nita”–actually graduated …

The Power of Honoring Ourselves

by Tony J. Dickerson   Cash (1995) says that quilts can be used as important resources in reconstructing the experiences of many African American women. They can provide a record of their cultural and political past. They are not just pieces of cloth; they are important art forms. Honoring who we are—not just our famous folk, but our everyday supporters—is …

Mrs. Linda Edwards Lee: Lifetime Member

Born and raised in Elkton, Kentucky July 11, 1934 (or August 11, 1935), Linda Edwards Lee raised 8 children, 2 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. She has spent her life as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and now a great-great grandmother! A seamstress all of her life, she began quilting around her 50th birthday. She quilted entirely by …

Why Join A Guild ?

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I have been sewing for a long time. Even before I got my first little sewing machine at 6 years old for Christmas, I remember sewing little clothes for my Barbie dolls. I am a product of home economics classes, 4H, and a house full of creative, sewing women. I made many of my own clothes throughout my youth and …

Starting A Stash

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While I have been sewing for almost 50 years (yes…..I said it!), I have only been quilting for 3! There are still so many things that I need to learn about quilting. That is one of the reasons that I wanted to be part of a quilting guild. Learning from other quilters helps you to not make so many of …

Quilting 101

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I have spent more than 30 years in education. My foundation is in special education. That means that I can talk for 10 minutes without you’re figuring out half the things that I just said! Just like teenagers in any generation, quilters have their own language. Here are just a few terms from the National Quilters Circle to get you …