Happy Fourth of July From the Clara Ford Foundation

4th of July by Charlotte Lindsey, 2008.

4th of July by Charlotte Lindsey, 2008.

Happy Fourth of July From the Clara Ford Foundation! We hope you plan to celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

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.

Akil Shakir Performs Oldies During Opening Reception of 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

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The Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival will feature special entertainment by New Orleans own Akil Shakir. He will perform an Oldies But Goodies Review featuring music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. You will not want to miss this special show as you enjoy food wine and quilts!

The 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit is held annually at South Fulton Arts Center, located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Opening Reception  is Sunday, July 28th from noon – 4 p.m. Other activities are held at Hammonds House Museum during the first two weeks in August. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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

Entry Forms For 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival Due June 30th

Blue RibbonThe deadline for your entry into the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival is June 30, 2013. Here are  the details.

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks original quilts and dolls for its 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The theme is A Legacy of Quilting — “Look What Big Mama Started.”

If you love sharing your quilts, see the form below to get all the details about entering you quilt in the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. All quilters welcome – beginners and professionals. A $50.00  prize will be awarded to  three quilts: Best Traditional, Best Art Quilt and Best of Show (as voted upon by the viewers). 

Quilts must be no larger than 60 x 60 inches. The entry fee for each quilt is $10.00. Quilts must be available for exhibition from July 26, 2013 – August 13, 2013. 

The entry forms are below. Please mail the form by June 30, 2012 or email Marva Swanson for an extension. Email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net with questions or for more information.

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

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Tea Themed Journal Quilts at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Tea By the Sea by Clemetene Cosby

Tea By the Sea by Clemetene Cosby

The 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival will feature an exhibit of tea-themed journal quilts. Journal quilts are small art quilts that measure 8 1/2 x 11 inches — the size of a sheet of paper. They usually capture the emotions of the quilter — much like writing in a journal. The small quilt shown above is called Tea by the Sea and was created by Clemetene Cosby.

If you would like to enter a tea-themed journal quilt, email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net no later than July 20th and attach a picture of your quilt. The quilt must be available for display from July 26th- August 10th.

The 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit is held annually at South Fulton Arts Center, located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Other activities are held at Hammonds House Museum during the first two weeks in August.The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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

Emancipation Quilts Needed for the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Strength and Grace, quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013.

Strength and Grace, quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013.

Call for quilts – 150 Years of Freedom Stitched in Time

In September of 1862, after the Union’s victory at Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary decree stating that, unless the rebellious states returned to the Union by January 1, freedom would be granted to slaves within those states. The decree also left room for a plan of compensated emancipation. No Confederate states took the offer, and on January 1, 1863 Lincoln presented the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation declared, “all persons held as slaves within any States, or designated part of the State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” From PBS Africans in America.

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks quilts for a special exhibit that celebrates the 150-year-anniversary of the the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The exhibit will be part of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival which will be held July 28 – August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA 30349.

Quilt should represent emancipation as interpreted by the quiltmaker.   The focus should be uplifting and positive — a celebration of freedom. It can be an original art quilt or traditional pieced blocks. It can be appliqued and embellished. There are no rules except  dimensions should be under 60 inches.  It must be a completed quilt with a hanging sleeve and a label.

There is no entry fee, but a donation to the Clara Ford Foundation in any amount is welcome and will further the mission of the foundation of sharing quilts. To participate in the exhibit, email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net with your contact information and photos of your quilt no later than July 15, 2013. Drop-off and pick-up arrangements will be made after receipt of your email.

You may mail your donation to Clara Ford Foundation, 505 Stonebriar Way, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331 or simply drop your donation in the donation bowl at the show. We look forward to your participation in this important exhibit.

Black History Month

Indelible by Aisha Lumumba. Photo by India Brantley

Indelible by Aisha Lumumba. Photo by India Brantley

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Black History Month is a great time to celebrate quilts because quilters have always knowingly or unknowingly documented our history. Shown above is a quilt by Aisha Lumumba called Indelible.

See more of Aisha’s quilts on her web site at www.obaquilts.com and at the Atlanta Quilt Festival July 28th – August 10, 2013. The Festival will be held at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Save the Date for the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Market Day by Nina Moore. Photo credit by India Brantley

Market Day by Nina Moore. Photo credit by India Brantley

The 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival will be held July 28 – August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center and Hammonds House Museum. Visit this website and the Clara Ford Foundation Facebook page for updates on the many activities that will take place during the festival.

See you at the Festival!

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