The quilts and stories by Sherry Ann blog presents her past,present, and ongoing passion of quilts,history and genealogy. The reversible story quilt above was created by Sherry A. Byrd, a descendant of the slave Edward"Ned" Titus who was brought to Freestone county in the year 1852.There are six generations of quilt makers in the Titus Family lineage.
A textile artist from Fairfield, Texas, Laverne Brackens represents a long tradition of improvisational quiltmaking among African-American women. Born in 1927, Brackens learned the art of quiltmaking as a child by helping her mother tack quilts. However, Brackens did not begin making them herself until 1987 when she retired from her career as a cook following an accident. Today, Brackens is among four generations of family quiltmakers including her mother, Gladys Henry; her daughter, Sherry Byrd; and her grandchildren.
A highly productive quilter, Brackens is known for her improvisational technique that uses bold, bright colors and often features letters and numbers. "I don't go by patterns," says Brackens. I make it up out of my head. When you pick up the material and start working with it, that's when you know what [the quilt] will be." Brackens' quilts regularly feature an off-center centerpiece, rotating printed stripes, and both horizontal and vertical stripping, all contributing to art works that are distinct and unexpected.