Quilt As Art

Barbara Ann McCraw
Quilt Artist

Quilt As Art - Barbara McCraw Award Winning Quilt Artist

Welcome to Quilt As Art


Barbara Ann McCraw, who grew up on the South Side of Chicago, will be a featured artist at the upcoming Chicago Quilt Festival, March 28th - 30th, 2019 at the Rosemont Convention Center.  

Quilts Inc. is presenting a special exhibit of 28 pieces of her fabric art, entitled “Life Stories Told Through My Quilts”.  She is a Master Quilter who has won numerous awards for her depictions of her African American inspired fabric art.  

Barbara’s works have been shown in Museums and Exhibits throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and all across America.  She celebrates historical figures such as Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Bishop Desmond TuTu all of which have been featured in books from those exhibits. More importantly, she tells her family stories and remembrances of her life in Chicago.  Her “Family Reunion Quilt” has taken top honors in American and International Quilt shows winning Best of Show, the first for an African American quilter. She is the first to win top prizes in exhibits where no black artist has previously won. 

Barbara will be giving gallery talks telling the stories behind her art pieces each day of the Festival at 2PM. 

For further information go to: 
http://www.quilts.com/festival-info.html  see special exhibits


Retired teacher and pathologist Barbara McCraw is a Master Quilter whose pieces have been exhibited across North America and Europe. She has created quilts celebrating figures like Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Obamas. Her pieces are in numerous collections including the Smithsonian, the Denton County African-American museum, the Denton County Courthouse museum, the University of Michigan and North Carolina Central University.


Quilt As Art is the home of Barbara McCraw, an award winning quilt artist. We invite you to visit each page to see some of Barbara's art as well as learn more about quilting as an art form.

Many people think of quilts as utilitarian bedcovers made for warmth and some think of it as a lost art. Quilting is now considered an art form, and I use this art to express my creativity, my heritage, and to tell stories that are important to me.

While many may think of quilting as a lost art, or something your grandmother and her friends used to do to pass the time while gossiping, you will find that quilting today is very much a new and enriched art form.


NEW! Introducing My Family Reunion Quilt - A Sentimental Journey in Applique a new book by Barbara McCraw.

NEW! Introducing My Family Reunion Quilt - A Sentimental Journey in Applique a new book by Barbara McCraw.Barbara's hand appliqued quilt, Family Reunion, took two and a half years to complete and was quilted on her home sewing machine. The quilt is an original one-of-a-kind design. It has received numerous accolades and awards, but more than that it is the narrative of her family. Learn more about the story behind the quilt and the design methods as well as tutorials. The book is NOW AVAILABLE. This is a single printing and quantities are limited. Get your copy now! Click to read more and order.


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