Sew Black Summary
Sew Black, an affinity space at the Modern Quilt Guild QuiltCon in Atlanta, GA in late February, was an overwhelming success. The space was designed to provide Black makers with a much-needed space to connect, relax, create and recharge. It is clear from participant feedback that the Sew Black space was a highlight for many. The warm vibe was as appreciated as much as the live podcast interviews with many QuiltCon All-Stars including keynote speaker Chawne Kimber, designer Rashida Coleman Hale, teacher/ancestral quilt keeper Sarah Bond and more! The Sew Black space was an oasis in the desert of whiteness and made attendees feel relaxed and at home. Visit the Memories section of the Black Women Stitch website to see why participants said things like this:
The Sew Black Experience was like no other experience I’ve ever had in my life, sewing related events or otherwise.
I’m thankful for the space to just BE
It was awesome to see so many Black quilters. I only know one in my hometown.
- As soon as I walked into QuiltCon, I had an experience with old white women that shot my nerves for the rest of the con, but when I was able to find the Sew Black space, I felt like I could find a place with folks who just get it.
The Sew Black space also increased Black joy. Check out this article in Reckon magazine’s Black Joy Newsletter to find out how.
We are grateful to our sponsors and partners for the resources to center and celebrate Black creativity at QuiltCon. We are especially thankful to the Modern Quilt Guild for taking the risk and living its values. Stay tuned to the Stitch Please podcast for special Sew Black episodes in the coming months.
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