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Posts Tagged ‘AAQLA. African American Quilts’

Meet the African-American Quilters of Los Angeles

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The African-American Quilters of Los Angeles (AAQLA) began in 1986 with just a handful of members after an exhibition of African-American quilts was held in the California Afro-American Museum in Exposition Park of Los Angeles. Today, the guild has grown to over 125 multi-ethnic members of all ages. The mission of the AAQLA is to bring awareness of the historical value of African-American quilts, as well as to celebrate and continue the tradition of quilting. The guild meets the third Sunday of each month from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. They began meeting at a new location starting this month (March, 2017) at the Veterans Memorial Center in Culver City. Caring Hearts is the name of their philanthropy committee. The committee organizes the creation and donation of hundreds of quilts and other quilted items annually to hospitals, foster homes, and senior citizen homes. Most recently, they donated over 30 quilts to Junior Blind of America. At Road 2017, AAQLA displayed their opportunity quilt which will be given away at their semi-annual quilt show, It Takes A Village, to be held November 4, 2017 at the Carson Community Center in Carson.   The quilt was designed by guild member Pam Johnson and was quilted by Claudette Bettis, another guild member. All of the stars on the quilt were made by various members of the guild.  Proceeds from the quilt will go to support Caring Hearts. [caption id="attachment_4822" align="aligncenter" width="486"] Photo by Brian Roberts Photography[/caption] Olga, the guild’s opportunity quilt coordinator, has been with the guild since 1999. She loves the “fellowship and creativity of the very talented members and teachers. It’s a fun place to be on Sunday.” Set your calendar for November 4th to enjoy a truly cultural celebration. To learn more about the African-American Quilters of Los Angeles, please visit their website.]]>

Meet the African American Quilters of Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Probably the most urban quilt guild you will find, the African American Quilters of Los Angeles (AAQLA), meet monthly at the Department of Water and Power in Downtown Los Angeles. Founded 27 years ago, their multi-ethnic membership of 160 is comprised of both men and women of all ages. The guild first came together after an exhibit of African American quilts held in the California Afro-American Museum in Exposition Park of Los Angeles.  The mission of the AAQLA is to bring awareness of the historical value of African-American quilts, as well as to celebrate and continue the tradition of quilting.African American Quilters of Los Angeles

In addition to monthly dues, AAQLA has one additional requirement for all of its’ members. Everyone is expected to make a quilt during their birthday month which is then donated to one of the non-profits they support like hospitals, foster homes, and senior citizen homes. 

There are 9-11 different quilt circles within their organization. These groups meet in other areas around Los Angeles on days and times that work for them.

One of their newer members, Deborah, started quilting about 2 years ago. A co-worker with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and a member of the guild, got her interested in quilting. Before joining the guild herself, Deborah wanted to attend Road to California to see how it all comes together in the quilt world. She enjoyed her first Road so much she started volunteering at the event.Deborah-AAQLA

Deborah belongs to the “Stasher-Dashers” quilt circle in AAQLA. She is a “piecer” and machine quilts her finished work. Deborah gives away all of her quilts. The lucky recipients include Caring Hearts, the group in AAQLA that organizes the guild’s quilt donations,  her quilt circle, her grandchildren and her physician who distributes the quilts to kidney patients.

Deborah has found that quilters are warm and sharing people. She likes the exposure to new ideas that AAQLA and Road to California give her, especially since she is relatively new to the art.

Quilt Guilds and Road to California— great resources for new and experienced quilters.

Have you considered volunteering at Road like Deborah?

 

 

 

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