Wishing You A Joyful Holiday Season

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Ancestral Christmas, art quilt, by O.V. Brantley.

Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season

 

Merry Christmas, by O.V. Brantley

Merry Christmas, by O.V. Brantley

The Clara Ford Foundation wishes you a joyous holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Atlanta Quilt Festival in August. Click the donations button on the left to learn how you can support our programs.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Najah's Smile by Nicole Blackwell, 2007.

Najah’s Smile by Nicole Blackwell, 2007.

The beautiful quilt shown above was done by Nicole Blackwell in 2007. It is called Najah’s Smile.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Clara Ford Foundation!

Happy President’s Day!

A Chanage Has Come

This quilt honoring President Barack Obama was created by Aisha Lumumba. It is called A Change Has Come. 

See more of Aisha’s quilt on her web site at www.obaquilts.com and at 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — A Day of Service

Behind Every Great Man by Anita Crosby

Behind Every Great Man by Anita Crosby

We hope you are spending the day in a way that carries the dream forward.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Celebrate Hope and Change

Be the Change by Elisa Woods

Be the Change by Elisa Woods

When President Barack Obama was elected 4 years ago, he inspired quilters to preserve the moment in quilts. Shown above is one such quilt created by Elisa Woods.

This weekend, we celebrate another 4 years of hope and change.

The Clara Ford Wishes You Great Joy During the Holiday Season

Merry Christmas aka Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

Merry Christmas aka Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

The Clara Ford Foundation wishes you great joy during the holiday season. We will share some beautiful, one-of-a-kind Christmas quilts with you this month to add to your holiday cheer.

This beautiful quilt is called Merry Christmas  by Laura Sorton. It is a panel quilt. It is not too late to make someone a quilt for Christmas. Get going!

Laura Sorton

Laura Sorton

Happy Thanksgiving!

Paranoid Tom by Aleathia Chisolm, 2009.

The Clara Ford Foundation wishes you safe travels and a

Happy Thanksgiving!

Beautiful Leaves

Beautiful Leaves by Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte Lindsey

The beautiful foliage of autumn has always been an inspiration to quilters. Enjoy this beautiful leaf quilt by Charlotte Lindsey. It is called Beautiful Leaves. The colors are breath-taking —  just like Mother Nature.

Happy Independence Day!

4th of July by Charlotte Lindsey, 2008.

Charlotte Lindsey

Wow! What a quilt!

The lovely quilt shown here  is called 4th of July. It was made by Charlotte Lindsey. 

If you do not have a fireworks show on your calendar  tonight, this quilt is the next best thing.

Happy Independence Day!

On the Course

On the Course by Rhonda Barrow

Rhonda Barrow

The Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off the summer season. Warm weather has arrived and outdoor activities beckon.

How will you spend your time outdoors? Rhonda Barrow suggests it should be On the Course.

Spelman College

Spelman College by Michelle Willis

Michelle Willis

This is the time of year for graduation, so we pause to honor all the graduates. We know their future is bright.

This week’s featured quilt spotlights Spelman College, one of the most renowned colleges in the country. Michelle Willis is the creator of this stunning quilt  that honors her alma mater. Michelle is a proud graduate of Spelman.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Clara Ford Foundation!

Clara’s Scrap Bag, 70 x 89 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2001.

Clara Ford

Clara Ford was the mother of six children: Allen, Ray, Matthew, Emma, Evora and Ruth. Her legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her quilts. Eight of her quilts remain, stored in treasured status, ready to inspire future generations. These quilts will be available for viewing at the 2012 Atlanta Arts Festival which opens at noon July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Shown above is a quilt that honors Clara. It was  made by O.V. Brantley, her granddaughter. The quilt is called Clara’s Scrap Bag.

African Girl

African Girl by Patricia Batine

Patricia Batine

The featured quilt of the week is called African Girl. She was created by Patricia Batine. This quilt is part of the Sewjourner’s Quilt Guild exhibit at the Southwest Arts Center.

The Southwest Art Center is located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA. The exhibit will remain on display until May 18, 2012.

Sewjourners Quilt Guild Exhibit at SW Arts Center

Home and Hearth by Sewjourners Quilt Guild

The featured quilt of the week is called Home and Hearth. It was a group project by the members of the Sewjourners Quilt Guild.

The Sewjourners Quilt Guild opened its ninth annual exhibit Friday night with a large and appreciative crowd at the Southwest Arts Center. One of the highlights of the exhibit was Home and Hearth that was won by a lucky attendee.

The exhibit will remain on display until May 18, 2012. The Southwest Arts Center is located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA.

Miss Suzy Q

Miss Suzy Q by Bessie Barnett

Bessie Barnett

Are you ready for April showers? The girls in this quilt are. They are stylishly dressed in their rain boots and coordinating umbrellas.

This quilt is called Miss Suzy Q, and it was created by Bessie Barnett.

Celebrate Earth Month!

Max's Mother Earth by Maxine Moore

It seems different celebrations are popping up all the time. This month is Earth Month!

Maxine Moore

We have a quilt for every celebration. This week the featured quilt is called Max’s Mother Earth. It was created by Maxine Moore.

The pattern for this quilt is called Mother Earth, and it was created by Dot Collins. Trust me, this is not a quickie quilt. If you want to make this quilt, give yourself about a year!

Just Friends

Just Friends by Nina Moore, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

One of the best loved past times of quilters is to exchange blocks. These exchanges may have rules such as being required to use a certain color, a certain block, etc. Sometimes there are no rules.

Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week is called Just Friends by Nina Moore. A group of eight friends contributed two blocks each to make this 16 block quilt. Nina’s color choice for the sashing makes a stunning quilt.

Just Friends was exhibited at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival along with three of the other quilts from this exchange. See more of Nina’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012  and continuing through August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Nina will also teach a Beginning Quilting class at South Fulton Arts Center on August 11, 2012.

Rotation of Cross

Rotation of Cross by Mary Maynard

Mary Maynard

In recognition of the holy season, this week’s featured quilt is Rotation of Cross by Mary Maynard. Mary used a stained glass window technique learned in a class taught by Regina Carter.

Rotation of Cross won Best of Show at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. See more of Mary’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Festival will continue through August 11, 2012.

Mae’s Garden

Mae's Garden by Elisa Woods

Plant nurseries were jam packed this weekend with people buying new plants for their yards and gardens. If you don’t have a green thumb but love plants, this week’s featured quilt is for you.

Elisa Woods

The featured quilt of the week is called Mae’s Garden by quilter Elisa Woods. The pattern is called Blooming Nine Patch. The pattern makes an amazing quilt so long as you choose your fabrics carefully.

You can see more of Elisa’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Meanwhile, this quilt should get you in a spring time mood.

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