Sina Phillips


        Muskegon, Michigan, United States    

Sina Phillips is featured in the exhibit: Quilting Sisters: African-American Quiltmaking in Michigan.
Phillips learned the art of "making covers" from her mother, Ida Jones, at the age of ten. She has since made quilting a lifetime hobby, producing more than 50 quilts in all. She copies her patterns from other quilts she sees and has yet to buy a pattern. Phillips has a goal of making a Shirley Pine quilt (one of her favorite patterns) for every member of her family.

Who wrote the biography of this person?

Marsha MacDowell

When was this biography written?


Was the maker a woman, man or a group?


When was the quiltmaker born?


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

Ethnic background/tribal affiliation:

African American

Educational background:

7th grade

Religious affiliation:


Occupation (if retired, former occupation):


Where was the quiltmaker born?

Demopolis, Alabama (AL), United States

Where did the quiltmaker grow up?


Quiltmaker's maiden name:


Father's Name:

Mooreland Jones

Father's ethnic/tribal background:


Mother's Name:

Ida Jones

Mother's ethnic/tribal background:

house keeper

Spouse's/Spouses' name(s):

David Phillips

Spouse's/Spouses' occupation:

Foundry worker

Number of children:


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How did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?

From Relative

When did the quiltmaker learn to quilt?

Under 10 years of age

Name of quilting group(s):

Phillips belongs to a quilting group in Muskegon which meets to exchange patterns and to quilt together. To raise money the group puts on chicken dinners.

Estimate the number of quilts made by this maker:

more than 50

Describe any unique traditions, quilting related customs, beliefs, songs, or rhymes used by the quiltmaker:

The real heyday of quilting, Phillips noted, was before 1925 when many women would meet for a quilting bee, bring food, and spend the day quilting. Today, says Phillips, when young women get together to quilt, all they do is eat. Quilts for a hobby, in the country that is what we used for cover.

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