Ying Yang Eyes Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Ying Yang Eyes by Jackie Jackson-Harvey. Photo by India Brantley

Ying Yang Eyes by Jackie Jackson-Harvey. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Jackie Jackson-Harvey

Jackie Jackson-Harvey

The quilt shown above is called Ying Yang Eyes. It was created by Jackie Jackson-Harvey.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

Linc’s Crazy Quilt Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

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Linc’s Crazy Quilt by Nancy Franklin. Photo by India Brantley

Nancy Franklin

Nancy Franklin

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

The quilt shown above is called Linc’s Crazy Quilt. It was created by Nancy Franklin.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. 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!

Your Petticoat is Showing was Featured in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Your Petticoat is Showing by Vanessa Brown

Your Petticoat is Showing by Vanessa Brown. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Vanessa Brown

Vanessa Brown

The quilt shown above is called Your Petticoat is Showing. It was created by Vanessa Brown.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. 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!

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.

Gees Bend Quilts at Arts Clayton Gallery Until May 31st

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There is still time to see the Gee’s Bend Quilts at the Arts Clayton Gallery, which is located at 136 South Main Street in Jonesboro, GA. The quilts will remain on display through May 31, 2013. 

The Gee’s Bend Quilts are great examples of intuitive quiltmaking.

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!

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.

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.

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!

New Year, New Beginnings

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

The wonderful thing about a new year is that it encourages you to imagine and implement a new life. While I know you made your own resolutions and goals, I encourage all who read this blog to exhibit more. It just doesn’t make sense to spend so much time making a beautiful quilt and then to hide it in the closet. There are plenty of local shows that encourage beginning quilters as well as professionals. The Atlanta Quilt Festival held each year the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center is one of those. Others include the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild which will hold its bi-annual show in May, and the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild which will hold its show in March.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

So to inspire you, here is Jeanette Walton’s blue ribbon quilt from the East Cobb Quilt Show. It was originally called Not Fast Food when it appeared in the show, but Jeanette renamed it  Jewels in the Castle Wall.

Quilters, get busy!!

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!

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