Antigua Sunrise Offered For Sale


Antigua Sunrise is a small quilt that commemorates my visit to the island of Antigua during my annual spring break trip with my daughter India. During my search for different and unusual fabric, I discovered the official fabric of the island. It is a bright orange, red and green plaid. I used this fabric on the back of the quilt, and that’s how the quilt got its name.

Antigua Sunrise measure 31x 22 inches. Black sashing and binding accent the African prints. It is embellished with charms, beads and inspirational words. A hanging sleeve is attached for easy display.

Antigua Sunrise is signed and dated and currently for sale in the Clara Ford Foundation EBay Store.

CFF Participates in YWCA Open Your Purse Event

The Clara Ford Foundation will be “in the house” promoting African American quilting Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at the YWCA Open Your Purse Event! The event is a fund raiser for the Atlanta YWCA. There will be over 400 women at the Downtown Ritz Carlton ready to open their purses to support the YWCA. For more information about the event go to

Several African American quilters made fabric purses for the Clara Ford Foundation table. These purses will be part of the silent auction and the proceeds will benefit the YWCA. CFF will also display several quilts made by African American quilters. Some of these quilts are currently for sale in the CFF Ebay Store.
Shown here is a beautiful Japanese inspired quilted clutch created by Elisa Lewis.

Rosie Lee Tompkins Quilts in Shelburne Museum

Something Pertaining to God: The Patchwork Art of Rosie Lee Tompkins is on display at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. The show was curated by Eli Leon, who spent 20 years assembling his collection. He will talk about the quilts June 21, 2007 at the museum. The quilts will remain on display until October 28, 2007.

Tompkins, whose real name was Effie Mae Howard, died in December, 2006. For more information visit the Shelburne Museum web site.

Gees Bend Quilter Files Suit

By BEN RAINESNewhouse News ServicePublished on: 06/06/07

Mobile, Ala. — Images of her handmade quilts adorn postage stamps, Visa gift cards and $5,000 rugs, but Annie Mae Young and some of the other quilters who made Gee’s Bend famous say they missed out on what has turned into a giant payday.

Saying she has been cheated by several major corporations and a trio of scheming businessmen — Atlantan William Arnett and his sons — who relied on an oral contract that “violates the statute of frauds,” Young has filed suit in federal court in Selma, seeking a larger slice of the lucrative pie her art has generated since being shown in the nation’s most prestigious art museums, including the High Museum of Art in March, 2006.

An attorney representing Tinwood Ventures, one of the companies named in the lawsuit, said the quilters have been fairly compensated and have received national exposure thanks to his clients’ efforts.

According to the suit, filed Friday, Tinwood claims to own the intellectual property rights to the quilts produced in Gee’s Bend, and, in turn, the company has leased those rights to manufacturers, among them Kathy Ireland Worldwide Corp.

While several of the companies involved in marketing products based on Gee’s Bend quilts state in promotional literature that the quilters “receive a royalty” for every item sold, Young’s lawsuit says she has never received “one penny from these enterprises.”

In fact, Young said, she had no idea her quilt designs were being used for anything beyond a book, much less a line of rugs selling for $5,000 apiece. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages for “commercial misappropriation of her work and likeness.

Arnett is recognized as one of the vanguard collectors and champions of self-taught art. His “Souls Grown Deep” exhibition during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta is widely respected as a seminal moment for the field.

This is not the first time an artist with whom he has had a financial relationship has accused him of impropriety. Insinuations have dogged him at least since a 1993 “60 Minutes” episode that painted him — some say unfairly — as an exploiter of poor black artists.

Arnett could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Catherine Fox of the AJC contributed to this article.

Quilter Needs Help With New Book

RaNae Merrill seeks interested quiters to help her with her upcoming book. Krause Publications has agreed to publish Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts and the release date is Spring 2009. RaNae needs the help of an adventurous group of quilters of ALL levels (beginniner to expert) who would be willing to use her technique to design and sew an original quilt, and in the process give her feedback on her technique and her teaching materials. If interested, contact RaNae directly at to see if she still needs help.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show Winners Announced

Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show Chairperson Marva Swanson announced the winners of the Viewers Choice Awards. These quilts were selected by popular vote of those attending the May 5, 2007 quilt show. The winning quilt Najah’s Smile is shown here. The winners are as follows:
1st Place -” Najah’s Smile” – Nicole Blackwell
2nd Place – “African Rain “- Jocelyn Carter
3rd Place – “Sanakofa” – Nancy Franklin
4th Place – “Leftovers “- Belinda Pedroso
5th Place – “The Stars are the Limit “- Laura Sorton

The winner of the Raffle Quilt was Ms. Rachel Woods.

Congratulations to all!

Rosie Chapman’s Fabric Postcards Featured In Detroit News

Rosie Chapman’s fabric post cards were featured in an article in the Detroit News. To read the article and get Rosie’s instructions on how to make them click on the link.

Surprise someone special in your life with a fabric postcard.

Quilts: A Common Thread opens at the Arts Clayton Gallery

Arts Clayton Gallery presents its first fiber art exhibit this month with “Quilts: A Common Thread.” Showcasing fiber artists and quilters from the Southern Crescent Quilt Guild, this exhibit features quilts from traditional to contemporary.

The incredible quilters featured are: Arlene Bellamy, Rasheeda Burston, Myla Chapman, Nancy DeCreny Franklin, Lynette Jackson, Beverly Lewis, Aisha Lumunba, Tonia Mitchell, Debra Svitil, Terumi Todd and Claudia Wood.

The gallery is located 126 South Main Street, Jonesboro, GA. Call 770-473-5457 for more information, or visit their web site at The exhibit will continue through June 1, 2007.

Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Call For Entries

The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum is organizing an exhibit which highlights quilts created by African American artists. The exhibit entitled SISTERS IN CLOTH will run from May 6 through July 12, 2008.

The show will cover a wide range of styles, from the traditional to the more contemporary, and will showcase the varied works in design, style, inspiration, and message. Submissions must include one full and one detail view of the entry in either 35 mm slides or 300 dpi digital electronic jpeg files on CD. In addition, include an artist statement of about 100 words, as well as a description of materials used.
There are no size requirements for the quilts, but please do note the dimensions of the piece when submitting your entry. Slides or digital entries must be received at the Museum by November 16th, 2007. Applicants will be notified by mid December as to whether or not the quilt has been selected for the exhibit. Artists whose work is selectedwill be instructed as to what additional information i needed and when the artwork must be delivered to the Museum.
Call Megan Aikman, RMQM Curator, at 303.277.0377 or email if you have additional questions.

Clara Ford Foundation Launches New Web Site

The Clara Ford Foundation has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. With the appointment of the Quilters Advisory Committee, the foundation is ready to move forward with some of its planned activities.

The first such activity is a Christmas Tour of Quilts which will take place in Atlanta between Thanksgiving, 2007 and New Years, 2008. The ultimate mission of the foundation is to establish an African American quilt museum in Atlanta.

To learn more, visit the web site at

Brown Sugar Stitchers Show is May 5

The bi-annual Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007 at the Wesley Chapel Library in Decatur, GA. Show hours are from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. In addition to featuring over 80 vibrant and creative quilts, the show will feature demonstrations, children’s activities, and a silent auction.

Always a highlight of the show are the Carrie Steele quilts. These quilts are made by the guild members for special children at the Carrie Steele Pitts orphanage in Atlanta. Adding to the excitement of the show will be the drawing for the winner of the raffle quilt. One lucky person will go home with the quilt shown here.

For more information about the show, contact Quilt Show Chairperson Marva Swanson at

2007 Great Lakes African American Quilting Network Retreat is June 8 – 10

The Great Lakes African American Quilting Network retreat will be held June 8 – 10 in Clarkston, Michigan. There will be classes, fun, prizes and surprises.

Details of the retreat are on the web site at The Retreat is open to members as well as non-members. Please, contact Wanda Nash, Retreat Committee Chairperson at for details.

Quilt Snobs, Do Not Read This!

If you are a quilt snob, do not read this posting. For the rest of us, a bargain cannot be passed up no matter the source.

As most of us in the quiting world know, Walmart has decided to discontinue its fabric department. As a result, everything is on sale. At my local Walmart, everything is 25% off. I picked up some nice African prints.

I’ll share a secret. Delta Menopause, the beautiful quilt shown here, has some Walmart fabric in it. Don’t tell my quilt snob friends.

Quilters of Color Featured in QUILT Magazine

The Quilters of Color Network quilt guild of New York is featured in the February/March, 2007 issue of Quilt Magazine. The guild just finished a succesful show at the Fuller Craft Museum. For more info on the museum visit

The members of the guild create beautiful art quilts as well as charity quilts. For more information on the guild, visit

What are Your Quilt Dreams?

Where will your quilting lead you? Have you set your goals for 2007? Perhaps you want to teach a class. Perhaps you want to publish your own pattern. Perhaps you just want to finally finish a quilt. Perhaps you want to see your quilt in a show. Maybe you want to win a prize or be in a book. Whatever your quilt dream, visualize it and go for it. You can make your dreams come true.
Martin’s Dream. 74 x 87 inches, 2002 by O.V. Brantley.

Quilters Retreat in Jamaica May 3-7, 2007

Lisa Shepard has announced Cultured Expression’s third annual Quilter’s Retreat in Negril, Jamaica. The retreat is May 3 – 7, 2007 at Jackie’s on the Reef spa and retreat center.
This year’s projects include African mosaic quilting and a quilted amulet pouch combining batiks, mudcloth, leather and more. There is time set aside to work on your own projects.
The retreat allows you to explore your artistic side in thetranquil, supportive environment of Jackie’s – a self-affirming experience for the mind, body and creative spirit!
Visit the Lisa Shepard’s website, for more details.

Juanita Yeager Quilt-Fiber-Art Design Symposium 2007 Scheduled for July

Famed fiber artist Juanita Yeager has announced the dates for her 2007 Quilt-Fiber-Art Design Symposium . The Symposium will consist of four sessions July 5 – July 20, 2007. All classes will be held in Durham, North Carolina.

The multi-day symposium is designed for all who are interested in the art and craft of quilt making. The symposium is open to all, beginners to the more advanced, who want to improve their abilities in every aspect of the process of quilt making; from the initial idea for a quilt to the last stitch.

The symposium is a combination of lectures, demonstrations and hands on practice sessions. In this format a variety of techniques useful for making contemporary traditional quilts and art-quilts will be taught with ample time allowed for hands on experimentation by all participants.

This year’s symposium will be divided into four sessions. Each session allows for four different experiences. You may attend all four sessions or elect to attend the one(s) best suited to your goals and time. Session III and IV are project specific classes to meet the needs of those quilt makers who want to improve their craftsmanship but are not ready or do not desire to do original work.

Visit the artist’s web site at

Sacred Threads 2007 Accepting Entries

Sacred Threads 2007 is an exhibition of quilts exploring the subject themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, grief and healing. It is now accepting applications for entry.
According to the web site, this biennial exhibition was established to provide a safe venue for quilters of all faiths who see their work as a connection to the sacred and/or as an expression of their spiritual journey. The objective is to create a dignified exhibition of artwork that touches on both spiritual and personal levels all those who view it.
Sacred Threads 2007 will be held June 2007 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus). Quilts created by artists from the United States and Canada will be displayed. Entries to Sacred Thread Exhibitions are juried in by slides for purposes of space and suitability of theme only. Works are not judged.
Besides the Sacred Threads Exhibit, other events of interest in the Columbus area are the Quilt Surface Design Symposium and the 38th National Quilters Association Annual Quilt Show. For more information, visit

Brown Sugar Stitchers Bring Cheer to the Gateway Homeless Center

By Anita

Once again the ladies of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild have risen to the occasion. I delivered 13 cheerful quilts made by members of the Brown Sugar Stitchrs Quilt Guild to the Gateway Homeless Center in Atlanta, December 22, 2006. All the quilts were quite beautiful, and I am sure that they will be much loved by the children. Shown here is my personal contribution called Let’s Play.

Ms. Lindsey Myers was the staff person who met me to receive the quilts. She was very impressed. She started exclaming about their beauty and cheerfulness as they were being taken out of my truck. Ah, and she was mostly looking at the back of the quilts. You can imagine her reaction when we got them into the conference room, and I opened them up to the front. I explained to her that we try hard not to have our quilt gifts look like charity quilts.

There are approximately 13 children in their program who will receive the quilts. The quilts were presented on Christmas Eve when they give the toys to the children.

We have certainly passed the blessings of the talent, energy and love of the Brown Sugar Stitchers on to the homeless children of the Gateway Center. May you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season. May the new year bring peace, prosperity, joy, and bountiful quilting.

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Scheduled for February 22-25, 2007

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, which bills itself as the largest on the eastern seaboard, will be held February 22-25, 2007 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. The show will feature juried and judged quilt and wearable art competitions with over $30,000 in prize money up for grabs.

There will be over 500 quilts and garments on display, workshops, fashion shows, lectures and a fabulous merchant mall. For more info, visit
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