Montgomery native Riche' Richardson enters 20th year of creating portrait quilts

By: Krista Johnson,  Montgomery Advertiser
February 1, 2019

Riche’ Richardson was raised by a close-knit Montgomery family, full of hard workers. Their lives, she said, were busy. In the midst of working as educators and nurses and construction workers, they constantly pursued projects. 

Her grandfather was fixing things around the house, her grandmother was trying new recipes, her aunt was sewing, and her mother was cross-stitching.

“I had the kind of environment where I was really inspired to be creative,” Richardson said. She was also encouraged to construct her time in the most productive ways possible, a lesson she has taken into all avenues of her life.

Among her first projects was the coat, hat and four booties she crocheted for her beloved dog, Duchess. It took her months to complete, and Duchess had their remnants all over the backyard within 20 minutes of receiving them on Christmas morning.

Richardson began quilting her senior year at Spelman College, an education that she said continued to inspire her creativeness. When she made her first family quilt, which paid tribute to her relatives in everyday moments, like sitting on the front porch or lying in bed, Duchess made an appearance in one of the squares.

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