Project Explanation

Across cultures, from piecing to filling and finally to quilting and binding, quilt making was meant to be a community experience. It was a chance to sit and talk with friends and family while creating useful objects for the home made from the scraps of everyday life. In this time of isolation, it seems fitting to honor the work of Toni Morrison, recognize the importance of the use of quilt making in her novels and the contributions to the art form by African Americans more broadly, by engaging Cornellians and Ithaca community members in a hands-on quilting project.

Participate with us and help create quilts inspired by the work and life of Toni Morrison! For more information on the project, see this guide as well as this Cornell Chronicle article. You can also reach out to Marcie Farwell with questions.

Gee's Bend quilting bee

Andre Natta, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Excerpt of Remarks by Prof. Richardson on Toni Morrison Quilting Project

Prof. Riché Richardson (see this link for more information) gave opening remarks on African-American quilting and Toni Morrison's connection to it at the Quilting Traditions workshop on Feb. 22 to kick off the Toni Morrison Quilting Project. Below is an excerpt of those remarks and a picture of her Toni Morrison quilt. For the recording of the full program, please see the Quilting Traditions page.

Art Quilt Featuring Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison (from New Black History Series by Prof. Riché Richardson)

Toni Morrison art quilt