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Lula Williams

Quiltmaker

        United States    

Lula Williams is featured in the exhibit: Quilting Sisters: African-American Quiltmaking in Michigan.
Lula Williams' family and friends have affectionately called her "Glamour Girl" for years and, therefore, found it difficult to believe she would become a quilter. Yet, since completing her first Pinwheel quilt more than 20 years ago, Williams has not only made over 100 quilt and won numerous awards, but has also become a quilting teacher at the Evans Recreation Center on Detroit's northeast side. When she was a little girl, Williams occasionally helped her mother with her quilting by putting colors together and piecing. When her own son was 13, he encouraged her to take a six-week course in quilting at his school; she remembered her mother's techniques almost immediately and has been quilting ever since.

Lula Williams was featured at the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C. and the Michigan State University Museum's annual Festival of Michigan Folklife. She was awarded a Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award in: 1992 to teach apprentices Kaye F. Robinson and April Johnson; 2001 to teach apprentices Louella Thornton and Bertha Roberts; two more in 2013 and 2014 to teach apprentice Pamela Day. In 1997, Williams was given the Michigan Heritage Award given annually to outstanding tradition bearers who continue with excellence and authenticity their family and community life.

Was the maker a woman, man or a group?

Female

When was the quiltmaker born?

12/12/1925

If the quiltmaker was married, what was the wedding date.

Ethnic background/tribal affiliation:

African American

Educational background:

High school, college, 1 year of cosmetology school

Occupation (if retired, former occupation):

Quilting instructor

Where was the quiltmaker born?

United States

Father's Name:

Jessie

Mother's Name:

Laura

Spouse's/Spouses' name(s):

John M. Williams

Spouse's/Spouses' occupation:

City, DSSR

Number of male children:

1

Name of quilting group(s):

Evans, Piecemakers

Location of group:

Detroit, MI

Estimate the number of quilts made by this maker:

more than 50

Any other notes or stories about the quiltmaker:

When she was a little girl, Williams occasionally helped her mother and aunts with their quilting by putting colors together and piecing. When her son was 13, he encouraged her to take a six-week course in quilting at his school; she remembered her mother's techniques almost immediately and has been quilting ever since.

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