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Kim Alexis Newton


On January 5, 1911, ten undergraduate men, led by “The Dreamer” Elder Watson Diggs, founded Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (ΚΑΨ) — the first Fraternity established on the campus of Indiana University. With over 250,000 members across 644 chapters globally the fraternity has earned worldwide prominence and impact.

I’m excited to share with you Brother to Brother, a Special Edition Gift Quilt commissioned by the 34th Grand Polemarch, Rueben A. Shelton, III, Esq. I designed this bespoke piece for the men of Kappa with the Grand Polemarch’s vision in mind just in time for the 86th Grand Chapter Meeting, in Tampa Florida, July 17-23, 2023.

Brother to Brother A Special Edition Gift Quilt

For the men of Kappa, this double-sided quilt is a soft, usable keepsake. A timeless gift for self or others that can be passed down from generation to generation. 

Grand Polemarch Shelton wanted me to create a warming reminder of the unwavering bond that spans across generations. The design features four generations of Kappa men Breaking all Barriers and Building Bridges by visioning, executing, preserving and proudly representing a joyful harmonic bond that will continue to shape society’s social, political and economic structure. Brother to Brother one Brother at a time.

The front of the quilt is full of symbolism and highlighted with embroidered touches all over – hair, official attire, ties and more. The back features the fraternity’s Coat of Arms and an enduring quotation from scholarly Founder Byron K. Armstrong.

I’m proud to share that 10% that of the proceeds from this quilt will go directly to the fraternity.


  • Double-sided design
  • Pre-washed, supersoft, luxe cotton voile
  • Lightweight for year-round use, ideal for warm or cool temperatures.
  • Embroidered touches with reversible design.
  • Quality materials that are easy to care for.
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated Special Edition, gift-ready packaging.

NOTE:The first 100 quilts preordered will ship in August and the reminder will arrive between 60 and 90 days. Orders are filled in the order received. To receive your quilt as soon as possible sign up for Quilt Cash Rewards program and receive free 2nd day air as well as other benefits.


So much of who we are as people of African descent has been passed down from generation to generation. My grandmother taught me to quilt the traditional way when I was 21.  Ever since, I have been evolving into the textile artist I am today.  

Quilts can heal, inspire, comfort, and share generational stories. 

I created my line of gift quilts  to touch more people.  They are for those quiet moments when we do the hard work of dreaming, reflecting, healing, deciding, and motivating ourselves. I want to support people through the emotional journeys of life while making it easy to give a truly meaningful gift that warms the body and fortifies the spirit. 

A Message from

Grand Polemarch,

Ruben A. Shelton, III Esq.

Brother to Brother, one brother at a time, let’s continuously Break all Barriers that harmfully divide us and Build the Bridges that bind us in joyful, perfect harmony.

I commissioned this Gift QuiltTM, which I named “Brother to Brother,” to remind us of this charge and to commemorate our multigenerational fraternal bond. A bond that began with our noble founders and their vision.

Reuben A. Shelton III, Esq.



I want to say thank you for this opportunity to develop this Special Edition. When presented with this opportunity I wanted to not only deliver a quality piece that told the Brother to Brother story, but also a quilt full of meaningful symbolism that would be cherished for generations to come.

It is inspiring to witness the dedication and passion that the men of Kappa Alpha Psi display in the pursuit of preserving your traditions, values and original vision set forth by the founders. Your commitment to excellence, scholarship, service, and achievement is truly remarkable.

Kappa of My Dreams

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“I have purchased Kim’s Gift QuiltsTM for many women in my life – my wife, daughter, aunt and friends.

To now have one dedicated to my beloved fraternity is meaningful. I like the design and symbolism. I know I will have it for decades to come.”

Walter Porter, Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi

“This Gift QuiltTM should be a keepsake that can be passed down through the ages. Thank you Kim for telling the Brother to Brother story and creating such a unique legacy piece for the men of Kappa Alpha Psi .”

Rueben A. Shelton III, Esq,
34th Grand Polemarch
Kappa Alpha Psi

I am grateful to Kim for developing this bespoke piece for Kappa Alpha Psi. Quilts hold a special meaning in our community. To have a piece that not only celebrates our multigenerational brotherhood but also something that will be cherished generations to come — is unique and special.”

John Burrell, Executive Director, Kappa Alpha Psi



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