A Book Guaranteed to Tug at the Heartstrings
Painting an exquisite picture of the events that transpired in the mid-twentieth century, Phyllis Lawson transports her readers into a world where black people lived and died at the hands of social injustice.
Quilt of Souls is a work of genius guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings. Discover more details about this critically acclaimed book and get to know the author who made us see how our lives are all woven together like the pieces of clothing in a tattered quilt.
About Phyllis Lawson
Phyllis was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was sent to the tiny town of Livingston, Alabama at the age of four. Her grandmother Lula Horn (1883-1986), who happened to be a quilter, raised her. Lula made beautiful quilts out of the clothing of her loved ones.
Each strip of fabric tells the story of the wearer’s life and death. Lula shared those mostly tragic and sometimes witty tales with little Phyllis as she sewed their clothes into a quilt that threaded broken lives back together. Through her book, Phyllis shares these profound stories with the world as her grandmother told them to her.
As Part of the Military
Phyllis joined the US Air Force after graduating from high school. One of the first female B-52 mechanics, she served one tour and left the service in 1978. She used her military educational benefits to attend the University of Maryland, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology and Social Work.
Following a 17-year break in 2002, Phyllis returned to the military as a member of the US Army National Guard and Active Duty Service, retiring from the US Army in 2013. She was one of only a handful of women in the military who served in three major military conflicts including the Vietnam Era, where she served three temporary duty assignments to Vietnam before the 1975 fall of Saigon.
She was also deployed to Saudi Arabia as a member of Operation Desert Storm and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in December 2003. In turn, she received three military campaign medals for assignments where she served to support the US Armed Services in armed conflict.
This includes a US Army Expeditionary, Global War on Terrorism, and a host of other Army and Air Force medals or superior performance in the line of duty.
As a Counselor
She spent 20 years working as a counselor for incarcerated youth, women who were victims of domestic violence, and youth and adults suffering from alcohol or substance abuse. She spent three years in the United States Army Reserves.
As the Author of Quilt of Souls
After retiring from the military, Phyllis spent the following two years writing her memoir Quilt of Souls, which was released March 13, 2015. Since its release, this poignant memoir has garnered a great deal of buzz from social, print, and television media.
Quilt of Souls is consistently viral on Facebook. As a result of the popularity of her memoir, she has been interviewed and has appeared in over 40 different media outlets including internet blog talks, online newspapers, social media forums, television, radio, and media advertisements.
Below is a partial list of her accomplishments:
Quilt of Souls was "required reading" reading for first and second year English students at Palm Beach State College, FL. for Fall and Spring 2017
Keynote Speaker for the first National African American Quilt Conference, Lawrence, Kansas, 2017
Quilt of Souls is in circulation in over forty Public Libraries throughout the United States and Canada
Ms. Lawson has completed speaking engagements for some of the largest quilting organizations in the country, including Quilters of Color Network of New York City, and Tidewater Quilting Club, in Virginia 2016-2017
Guest speaker for Solivita Retirement Community, consisting of over 10,000 residents, April 2017
Interview on WLTX 19 TV in Columbia, South Carolina Where She Will Discuss Quilt of Souls
Ask Phyllis Anything!
Phyllis Lawson currently resides in Viera-Suntree, Florida with her husband Larry. She has two sons and five granddaughters. If you want to ask her anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch with her in Melbourne, Florida.