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African American Quilters Guild 29th Exhibit

Featuring Guest Master Quilter, Marquetta Bell-Johnson, known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her technique of integrating textile circles throughout her work.

The Flint African American Quilters Guild presents its 29th quilting exhibit “African Dream” at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., October 11-13 in coordination with the Flint Festival of Quilts. Award-winning textile artist, Marquetta Bell-Johnson will show and talk about her work, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2:00 p.m.

“This year’s show will feature over 50 quilted items made by the Guild or on loan,” said

Nanette Chisholm, president of the Flint African American Quilters Guild. The exhibit can be viewed during library hours; 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 11, and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13.

, Georgia, was born into a family of tailors and quilters.  She is known as the “Yo-Yo Queen” for her technique of integrating textile circles throughout her work. She is a self-taught artist, creating hand-dyed textiles, quilts, and collectibles. She is also a teaching artist affiliated with many organizations such as The High Museum of Art -Atlanta. Marquetta’s work has been published in books, magazines, newspapers, and featured on HGTVs” Crafters Coast to Coast”. She is also the author of Hand-Dyed Quilts, a “how-to” book about quilting and dyeing. Marquetta considers herself a community-based artist using her creativity to impact the world in a positive way.  She says,” Every stitch I make is an act of love with the potential to foster harmony, well-being and peace.”

Her visit and program are funded in part by the Flint Public Library, Flint African American Quilters Guild and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Flint Alumnae Chapter.

Each year the guild creates a raffle quilt with proceeds helping to secure guest speakers and free quilting classes. This year’s quilt is entitled “African Queen.”

For more information on the exhibit call the Flint Public Library at (810) 232-7111. The Flint African American Quilters Guild teaches free classes Mondays, noon-4:00 p.m., at Queen Bee Creations, 719 E. Mt. Morris St., Mt Morris, MI (810) 686-4600. 
For more information on the Quilting Guild, call Nanette Chisholm at (810) 686-4600.



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