This picture book pays tribute to the art of Harriet Powers, a former slave whose quilts now take pride of place in major museums. As a young girl growing up on a plantation in Georgia, Harriet observed women practising the crafts of spinning thread, weaving and dyeing cloth. She helped at social gatherings where scraps of material were used to fashion applique quilts and acquired skills at needle-work that were to help feed and clothe her own family during the Civil War and its aftermath. In later years, her artistry was to bring her fame with a series of quilts with pictorial narratives featuring symbols and intricately-coloured designs inspired by bible stories and legends. Two of her quilts are reproduced in the end pieces of the book and an afterword gives a brief biography and a commentary on the meaning of the panels within each quilt.