“Patchwork” is First Runner Up for Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Patchwork by Nina Moore

Nina Moore

The attendees at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival voted Nina Moore’s quilt Patchwork First Runner-Up for Best of Show in the  juried exhibit of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Thank you to all who voted.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival is held the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center and at Hammonds House Museum.

Congratulations, Nina!

Join Aisha Lumumba For Quilts and Stories Today at South Fulton Arts Center

If Quilts Could Talk by AIsha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba, a well known author and quilt artist, will show her quilts and share the stories behind them during the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Join Aisha Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center at 1 p.m. for a heartwarming experience. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Aisha Lumumba

Visit Aisha’s web site to see some of her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.obaquilts.com.

Aisha has recently published two books that are available on Amazon. They areGifted: Art Quilts Featuring African American History Makers and If Quilts Could Talk (My Quilts, My Stories).

This presentation is geared toward an adult audience. It is free and open to the public.

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

Don’t Miss Maria Elkins’ Lecture and Trunk Show Saturday

Windblown by Maria Elkins

Maria Elkins is the guest lecturer for the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Maria is well known for her portrait quilts which have won national prizes.

Maria Elkins

Her lecture and trunk show will take place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center. Come early and view the free quilt exhibit that showcases over 50 quilts. A reception will follow Maria’s lecture.

The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Visit Maria’s web site to learn more about her and to see her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.mariaelkins.com.

You will not want to miss this exceptional opportunity to meet Maria and see her amazing quilts up close and personal.

Desert Garden is Winner of Best Art Quilt

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson was chosen by the judges as Best Art Quilt  at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt is a desert scene that features Marquetta’s hand dyed fabrics and her signature yo-yo’s.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Sparkling Bloom is First Runner Up in the Art Quilt Category

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby was chosen by the judges as First Runner-Up in the Art Quilt Category at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt features curved piecing and is embellished with crystals.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Splash From My Stash is Winner of Best Traditional Quilt

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm was chosen by the judges as Best Traditional Quilt  at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt is based on the bargello pattern which Aleathia made entirely from her stash.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Out of Africa was First Runner Up in the Traditional Quilt Category

Out of Africa by Melinda Rushing

Out of Africa by Melinda Rushing was chosen by the judges as First Runner Up in the Traditional Quilt Category. This quilt is based on an original block by Nicole Blackwell which Nicole created for the book Trip Around the World. It is composed of log cabin blocks with appliqué.

The quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

See a Blue Ribbon Quilt During the Opening Reception of the Atlanta Quilt Festival

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton’s Blue Ribbon quilt called Jewels in the Castle Wall will make a guest appearance during the opening reception of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens Sunday, July 29, 2012 at noon at the South Fulton Arts Center. The Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Jewels in the Castle Wall won a Blue Ribbon at the East Cobb Quilt Show last year in the two-person quilt category. The exquisite quilting on this quilt was done by Leona Harden. This is a rare opportunity to see a Blue Ribbon quilt up close and personal. You will not be disappointed.

See you at the Festival!

Aisha Lumumba Will Tell Her Quilt Stories During the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Simple Play, by Aisha Lumumba, 2009.

Aisha Lumumba, a well known author and quilt artist, will show her quilts and share the stories behind them during the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Join Aisha Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center at 1 p.m. for a heartwarming experience. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Visit Aisha’s web site to see some of her amazing quilts. Her web site iswww.obaquilts.com.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha has recently published two books that are available on Amazon. They areGifted: Art Quilts Featuring African American History Makers and If Quilts Could Talk (My Quilts, My Stories).

This presentation is geared toward an adult audience. It is free and open to the public.

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

If Quilts Are Not Your Thing, Maybe Dollmaking Is

Sparkle by Cookie Patterson

The Clara Ford Foundation will offer a Beginning Dollmaking class Saturday, August 11, 2012. The class is part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival activities.

Valerie Cookie Patterson

The class will be taught by Cookie Patterson at the Hammonds House Museum from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Hammonds House Museum is located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA.

The class is free, but space is limited so you must register. Please contact Cookie Patterson at cincygirl2028@bellsouth.net to register and to receive further details about the class.

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

Have You Always Wanted to Learn To Quilt?

In the Tall Grass by Nina Moore

The Clara Ford Foundation will offer a Beginning Quilting class Saturday, August 11, 2012. The class is part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival activities.

Nina Moore

The class will be taught by Nina Moore at the South Fulton Arts Center from 9 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 class is free, but space is limited so youmust register. Please contact Nina Moore at nmoore9548@aol.com to register and to receive further details about the class.

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 on Facebook for the latest news.

The Most Expensive Quilt Ever Sold

Reconciliation Quilt

The most expensive quilt ever sold at auction is a Civil War-era quilt known as the Reconciliation Quilt. It was  bought for $264,000 at Sotheby’s in 1991. It is now at the International Quilt Study Center at the University of Nebraska .Your quilt may not be worth that much today, but it may be 100 years from now.

Holly Anderson

Holly Anderson, Georgia’s only certified quilt appraiser, will appraise quilts at Hammonds House Museum as part of the activities of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Appointments are available between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2012. Hammonds House Museum is located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA 30310. Appraisals are $45.00 for each quilt.

All other activities of the Atlanta Quilt Festival except the Beginning Dollmaking Class will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

For an appointment to get your quilt appraised, email O.V. Brantley at ovbrant@gmail.com. Payment is due at the time of the appraisal. Act fast. There are only 12 spots available.

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

Maria Elkins will headline 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Windblown by Maria Elkins

The Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum has announced that Maria Elkins will headline the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Maria is well known for her award winning portrait quilts such as the one shown above.

Her lecture and trunk show will take place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Earlier in the day from 9 – 3 p.m., Maria will conduct a master quilter’s workshop for 20 participants. She will teach her “Drawn and Painted Portrait” workshop. The cost for this workshop is $65.00. Please email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net if interested. Act quickly because space is limited.

Visit Maria’s web site to learn more about her and to see her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.mariaelkins.com.

You will not want to miss this exceptional opportunity to meet Maria and see her amazing quilts up close and personal.

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

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.

Shop Hop is This Weekend in Atlanta

Atlanta quilters will be out doing their part to boost the economy this weekend. Shop Hop starts today and continues through the weekend.

Quilters will try to squeeze in a visit to all ten quilt shops in the Atlanta area. Quilters who visit all ten shops will be entered in a drawing for a prize of $100.00 gift certificate for each shop. That’s $1000.00!

Visit the shop hop web site for details.

Learn How To Publish Your Own Quilt Book

Quilt author and historian Kyra Hicks will start a series of blog posts illustrating how you can publish your own book featuring your quilts or other textile art. If you know how to use Microsoft WORD, have Internet access, and images of your artwork, you can make your own art catalog!

Kyra says, “You can be a published artist-author in 2012! You can share your artwork with others nationally, or have a special gift for collectors of your quilts. You can promote a specific series of quilts you’ve created.”

Follow her blog posts to learn how to publish a 24 page, full-color paperback catalog! You will also learn how to make  your catalog available on Amazon the largest online book store, among other places.

Blog posts start March 26, 2012. Visit Kyra’s blog for more information and to sign up.

Community Quilting Expo

Learn about quilting February 25, 2012 at the Ebony Stitchers Quilt Guild’s Community Quilting Expo. The expo will be held at the Porter Sanford  Performing Arts Center,  3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The event is kid friendly and free to everyone.

Bulloch Hall Applications Due January 31, 2012

If you are interested in exhibiting a quilt in the annual Bulloch Hall Quilt Show in Roswell,GA, the application deadline is January 31, 2012. The show runs from March 10-18, 2012. Bulloch Hall is located at 180 Bulloch Avenue, Roswell, GA.

Visit the website for more information.

Paducah Entries Due January 2

If you are interested in entering a quilt in the American Quilter’s Society annual show in Paducah, KY, the entry deadline is January 2, 2010.  Show dates are April 25 – 28, 2012.

Visit their web site for more details.

World Quilt Show Opens Thursday in West Palm Beach

The quilts of two Atlanta quilters will be part of the World Quilt Show when it opens Thursday, November 10 in West Palm Beach, Florida. They are Nina Moore and Marva Swanson. Nina will exhibit  In the Tall Grass, and Marva will exhibit Tumbling in Space.

The show will feature over 450 quilts from 10 countries. It will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.  For more information, visit the show’s  website.

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