Learn to Make Dolls at 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Dolls by the Dazzling Dames Doll Club at the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Dolls by the Dazzling Dames Doll Club at the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Valerie Cookie Patterson

Valerie Cookie Patterson

The Clara Ford Foundation will offer a Beginning Dollmaking class Saturday, August 09, 2014. The class is part of the 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival activities.

The class will be taught by Cookie Patterson at the Hammonds House Museum from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Hammonds House Museum is located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA.

The class is $20 which includes the pattern.  Space is limited so reserve your space early. Please contact Cookie Patterson at cookiekeelingdolls@gmail.com to register and to receive further details about the class. You may also register by sending an email to atlantaquiltfestival@gmail.com.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation and Atlanta Quilt Festival on Facebook  and on Twitter @atlquiltfest for the latest news.

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Learn to Quilt at the 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Just Friends by Nina Moore

Just Friends by Nina Moore

Nina Moore

Nina Moore

The Clara Ford Foundation will offer a Beginning Quilting class Saturday, August 09, 2014. The class is part of the 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival activities.

The class will be taught by Nina Moore at the South Fulton Arts Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. A sewing machine is required for this class.

The  cost of the class is $20.00 which includes a fabric kit. Space is limited so you must reserve your space early. Please contact Nina Moore at nmoore9548@aol.com to reserve your spot and to receive further details about the class. You may also email atlantaquiltfestival@gmail.com to register.

If you have always wanted to learn to quilt, this is a great way to get started.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation and Atlanta Quilt Festival on Facebook and on Twitter @atlquiltfest for the latest news.

Power Up Your Quilting With Yoga at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

A Crescendo of Cloth, 43 x 56 inches, by Latifah Shakir, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

A Crescendo of Cloth, 43 x 56 inches, by Latifah Shakir, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Well known quilt artist Latifah Shakir will lead a workshop that teaches how to power up your quilting with yoga. In this  personal journey you will learn yoga techniques to alleviate symptoms of pain, increase flexibility and strengthen your  joints in your hands and feet.

Latifah Shakir

Latifah Shakir

“Our love for quilting involves long hours of repetitive motion. Come join me and rejuvenate your body emphasizing with breathing exercises and practiced mediation to increase clarity and concentration on your future quilting projects,” says Latifah.

The class will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 from  noon – 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The class fee is $15.00. Register by sending an email to ovbrant@gmail.com.

Space is limited so act quickly. The class will last three hours. Attendees will create a Namaste Flag project which is a fabric collage consisting of fabric, meditating stitching and embellishments.

Supplies required for this class are items you  already have around your home. Bring thread, needle, scissors, fabric scraps, embellishments such as trim, buttons, fabric markers, etc. __ whatever your heart desires. Don’t bring much as there will only be time to finish two flags, but students can finish their kinetic journal at home. Latifah will bring the rest of the supplies.

See You at the Festival!

Gumbo Ladies Workshop: Master Five Techniques at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Gumbo Lades 2 by Aisha Lumumba, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Gumbo Lades 2 by Aisha Lumumba, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Aisha Lumumba will lead a master quilting class on Saturday August 3, 2013 during the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The workshop will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Cost of the workshop is $60.00 which includes the kit and admittance to Aisha’s lecture at 3 p.m.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Quilters will learn five techniques that were used to create Aisha’s famed quilt Gumbo Ladies. This workshop is designed to improve basic piecing skills. It includes fussy cutting, easy appliqué, raw edge applique, trapunto, simple curves, and fabric painting. A fabric kit is provided with workshop. A sewing machine is required.

To sign up for the workshop, email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net. Space is limited so act quickly.

Aisha Lumumba Headlines 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba, Winner of Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba, Winner of Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba will be the featured quilter for the  Clara Ford Foundation Quilt Lecture Series  which is held annually during the Atlanta Quilt Festival. Ms. Lumumba is renowned for her amazing portrait quilts that often feature famous African Americans. She has also authored several books.

Ms. Lumumba will be the fifth quilt artist featured in the Quilt Lecture Series. Carolyn L. Mazloomi was featured in 2009. Judy Tipton Rush was featured in 2010. Juanita Yeager was featured in 2011,  and Maria Elkins was featured in 2012.

Ms. Lumumba will lecture and show her quilts at 3 p.m. on August 3, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center Theater. Admission is $10.00 at the door. Arrive early to view the quilt exhibit and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. Earlier in the day, she will teach a master classes to local quilters.

The festival exhibit opens July 28, 2013 and runs through August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Thread Heaven

Heaven means different things to different people, but for quilters, there is one product on the market that can mean the difference between cursing and smiling. It is called Thread Heaven. It is a very small product that can make a big difference in a quilter’s life.

Knots and tangles in thread when you are quilting by hand are frustrating. To decrease these problems, condition your thread by running it across Thread Heaven  three times.  Almost like magic, Thread Heaven will minimize tangles and knots and make you smile. Look for it in your favorite craft store.

We hope you find today’s edition of Continuing Quilting Education© (CQE) useful. Feel free to share it with your quilting friends.

How Do You Mark Your Quilting Lines?

One of the best household tools for marking the quilting lines on your quilt is masking tape. If you are quilting a quilt in a cross hatch pattern or a diagonal pattern, masking tape can save you lots of time.

Instead of using a pencil or chalk, simply attach the tape to the quilt where you want your stitching line to be. Once that line is done, rip it off and mark the next line.

Masking tape is very economical and it leaves little residue. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about whether marking lines will wash  out.

How do you mark your quilts?

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