Family Tree

Family Tree by Beulah Smiley

This week, all across America, families will gather to share food, fun and fellowship. Shown here is Beulah Smiley’s quilt called Family Tree.  Beulah made this quilt for the  Brown Sugar Stitcher’s 10th anniversary challenge and then exhibited it in the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center.  It is a perfect quilt, however,  to honor this week of family gatherings.

Enjoy this week of festive food and family.

In The Tall Grass at Georgia Quilt Show This Weekend

In the Tall Grass by Nina Moore

If you love Nina Moore’s work, and you should, you can see her quilt In The Tall Grass at the Georgia Quilt Show this weekend at the Gwinnett Center. This quilt won “Viewer’s Choice”  at  the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Nina will have new pieces to exhibit at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th. She will also teach a Beginning Quilting Class.

Black Magic

Black Magic by Maxine Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the October 10, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Black Magic. It was created by Maxine Moore. This quilt recently was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival© exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center in College Park, GA

Maxine Moore

Black Magic creates an optical illusion of movement. The illusion is created by the clever placement of different sized squares. Optical illusion quilts work best in highly contrasting fabrics. Maxine chose red and black for her 26 x 26 inch quilt.

Some people may think it’s magic to make a quilt appear to move, but as in all magic, once you know the secret it can all be explained.

Journey Home

Journey Home by Marva Swanson

The featured quilt of the week in the October 3, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With A Quilt newsletter  is called Journey Home, and it was created by Marva Swanson.

This  quilt was featured in the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival held recently at the South Fulton Arts Center in College Park, GA. It was offered for sale for three hundred dollars ($300.00). 

Marva Swanson

To create Journey Home, Marva used applique techniques to create the beautiful lady on a purple background. Her dress is embellished with royal blue crystals, seed beads and gold braid. Marva also machine quilted the piece.

We don’t know what this lady did all day, but whatever it was, Marva believes that it all led to that most  wonderful part of the day when we are headed home.  With each step, you leave the stress farther and farther behind even though you carry a heavy load.  The journey is almost over, and the joy of home is just a few steps away.

 

When a Man Loves a Woman

When a Man Loves a Woman by Aleathia Chisolm

 

The featured quilt of the week  in the Sptember 12, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called When a Man Loves a Woman, and it was created by Aleathia Chisolm.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. Everyone who believes in true love stopped to admire it. 

Aleathia Chisolm

When a Man Loves a Woman is a small quilt that packs a powerful punch. It measures only 21 x 23 inches.  The focus of the quilt is a  man holding a woman appliqued on a pieced black and white background. The center block is surrounded by three borders which includes an eye-popping red one. The quilt was machine pieced and quilted by Aleathia.
 
To see more of Aleathia’s thought provoking quilts, visit her web site  at www.eclecticquilts.com. 

 

Victoria’s Stilettos

Victoria's Stilettos by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the September 5, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Victoria’s Stilettos, and it was created by Bessie Barnett.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. It made  all who saw it want to plan a special night out on the town.   starts with a panel of stiletto blocks in the center of the quilt. Each shoe block is whimsically embellished to make each block unique. Everyone who knows Bessie knows that orange is her favorite color; so the shoes are bordered with an orange and yellow pieced border. The quilt is then  finished with a bright orange border.

Bessie Barnett

When Bessie was making this quilt, her granddaughter Victoria claimed this quilt as her own. That is where the quilt gets its name.
 
I am planning my night out. What about you?

New Pictures on Facebook

Pictures from the Opening Reception of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival are on Facebook.  Visit the Clara Ford Foundation Facebook page to see pictures from the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival Opening Reception. While there, make sure you join our mailing list so that you remain up-to-date about all of the activities of the Clara Ford Foundation.

Enjoy!

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