Patricia A. Montgomery


African American quilting

Detail of "Sync IV," a quilt by master artist Patricia A. Montgomery (Photo courtesy of Patricia A. Montgomery)African American quilting is often characterized by vivid color palettes, strong contrasting color combinations, asymmetrical and strip piecing, uneven and large quilting stitches, the use of hidden protective charm symbols, large design elements, appliquéd images, and interpretations of traditional Anglo-American patterns.  A marriage of American quilting traditions and West and Central African textile traditions, African American quilting styles, designs, and techniques are used to record and share events of cultural, historical, and familial importance to the quilter.

Patricia A. Montgomery has been quilting for over four decades; she taught herself to quilt after learning how to sew in a high school home economics class.  Since 2001, she has been a member of the African American Quilting Guild of Oakland.  Patricia's quilts have been exhibited both within the United States and internationally.

Patricia was a master artist in ACTA's Apprenticeship Program in 2011, with apprentice Helen Anderson.  The apprenticeship built upon Helen’s mastery of practical skills to encourage her creative acumen as she created six story quilts of her own design.

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92.Batik backing material of Helen Anderson’s quilt The Answer Prayer (Photo: Russell Rodríguez)
Detail of "Red Door," a quilt by master artist Patricia A. Montgomery (Photo courtesy of Patricia A. Montgomery)
Detail of "Sync IV," a quilt by master artist Patricia A. Montgomery (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Detail of "Underground Railroad," by Helen Anderson, Patricia A. Montgomery's 2011 apprentice (Photo courtesy of Helen Anderson)

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