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.

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