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!

Night and Day

Night and Day by Janice Hunter

The featured quilt of the week in the August 29, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Night and Day, and it was created by Janice Hunter. It is essentially a black and white quilt, but the bright kente cloth sprinkled throughout is a pleasant surprise.

Janice Hunter

To make this quilt, Janice used a traditional square in a square pattern. Each block starts with a kente cloth center. Repeating the kente cloth in the borders creates a cohesive theme. Janice also gave a traditional pattern her personal twist by creating a border of Adinkra symbols. 
 
Night and Day measures 48 x 48 inches. The beautiful quilting which adds to the movement of the quilt was done by Ina Sanders.
 
Night and Day was recently part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center.It was listed for sale for $350.00

Jordan’s Fish

Jordan's Fish by Janice Daniel

With the last days of summer upon us, the featured quilt in the August 22, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is a reminder that we need to get out there and enjoy the remaining days of summer with gusto. It may be a good time to go fishing. If you are not a fisherman, maybe a good old fashioned fish fry in the back yard might do the trick so long as it is not Jordan’s fish that you are frying!
 

Janice Daniel

The featured quilt of the week is called Jordan’s Fish, and it was created by Janice Daniel. This whimsical fish and his playmate were created for Janice’s grandson Jordan. 

To create him, Janice used applique and embroidery techniques using colorful fabrics and thread. To give the piece a more realistic feel, she created the sea currents and tracks in the sand with thread.
 
Jordan’s Fish was recently part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center.

Dancing Ladies

Dancing Ladies by Mary Maynard

The featured quilt of the week in the August 15, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Dancing Ladies. It was created by Mary Maynard

Mary Maynard

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 captivated all who saw it.

Dancing Ladies is based on a painting by Charles Searles. Mary’s interpretation of the painting measures 38 x 34 inches. The dancing ladies in the center block are appliqued by hand, and the quilt is quilted by hand.
 
You can almost hear the music as Mary captures the joy these ladies are experiencing as they dance.

 

In the Tall Grass Wins Viewers Choice!

In the Tall Grass by Nina Moore

 

Nina Moore

In the Tall Grass by Nina Moore won Viewers Choice at the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit which recently ended at the South Fulton Arts Center in College Park. Nina takes home a cash prize of $50.00 awarded by the Clara Ford Foundation.

Congratulations and thank you for sharing your creativity!  

 

 

Two Days Left to Step Out to the Quilt Exhibit

Stepping Out #7 by Aisha Lumumba.

There are only two days left to view the quilts and dolls of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The exhibit ends Friday at 5 p.m. Here’s a quilt called Stepping Out #7 by Aisha Lumumba to whet your apetitite. It is part of the 50 quilt exhibit at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Aisha Lumumba

If you can’t get there, check out the pictures on the Clara Ford Foundation Facebook page to see what you missed!

Log Cabin in the Sky

Log Cabin in the Sky by Anita Crosby.

The featured quilt of the week in the August 8, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Log Cabin in the Sky, and it was created by Anita Crosby.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, is part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. Log Cabin in the Sky was chosen by the judges as the Best Traditional Quilt!
 
Tradition takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of Anita. Although this quilt is composed of the tried and true log cabin block, you would never know it by looking at the quilt. The vibrant colors leave the viewer awestruck, and the precision piecing leave even the pickiest quilt critic satisfied. You really need to see this quilt up close because the picture does not do justice to the amazing quilting in the background. The quilting was also done by Anita.

Anita Crosby

Anita says she was inspired to make this quilt by the movie Cabin in the Sky which stars Lena Horne. It just goes to show: quilt inspiration is all around us.
 
Don’t forget the Atlanta Quilt Festival continues through August 13 at the South Fulton Arts Center,  located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Admission is free. Don’t miss your chance to see Log Cabin in the Sky and many other exceptional quilts and dolls at the Atlanta Quilt Festival!

Cookie Keeling Patterson Teaches Beginning Dollmaking Wednesday

Dolls by the Dazzling Dames Doll Club at the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Cookie Patterson

Cookie Keeling Patterson will teach Beginning Dollmaking Wednesday, August 11, 2010 as part of the festivities of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. There are still slots available. If interested email ovbrant@gmail.com. The class is free.

Shown is a group photo of the dolls by the Dazzling Dames Doll Club that are featured in the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit.  The dollmakers are Jocelyn Carter, Martha Dudley, Angela Ferguson, Mattie Eley, Tinka Green, Cookie Keeling Patterson, Kate Smallwood and Patricia Batine.  The exhibit continues through August 13, 2010 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park,  GA. 

Admission is free.

Nina Moore Teaches Beginning Quilting Wednesday

Solitude by Nina Moore, 2010.

Nina Moore

Nina Moore will teach Beginning Quiltmaking Wednesday, August 11, 2010 as part of the festivities of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Although the class is full, there is always next year! 

Shown is one of Nina’s quilts that is featured in the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. It is called Solitude. The exhibit continues through August 13, 2010 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park,  GA. 

Admission is free.

Judy Tipton Rush Shows Her Quilts Tomorrow at 3 pm

Quilt Artist Judy Tipton Rush will lecture and show her stunning, award-winning quilts tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Judy will teach a master Fabric Painting class earlier in the day. Admission is $5.00 at the door.

Come early and view the 50 quilts and dolls currently being exhibited though August, 13th as part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Wine and Words at Hammonds House Museum

O.V. Brntley, Marva Swanson, Irene Latham, Michelle Gipson and Myrna Anderson-Fuller

Last night  a capacity crowd enjoyed  meeting Irene Latham, author of Leaving Gees Bend at the Wine and Words event at Hammonds House Museum. The event was a collaboration between the Clara Ford Foundation, Hammonds House Museum and Written Magazine and part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival lineup of activities.

The audience gained insight into the author’s inspiration for the book and were spellbound by her powerful readings from the book and other historical documents. Ms. Latham spoke earlier in the day at the South Fulton Arts Center where the quilt exhibit is ongoing through August 13th.

“A Quiet Place” Judged Best Art Quilt at Atlanta Quilt Festival

A Quiet Place by Marquetta Bell Johnson

The featured quilt in the August 1, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called A Quiet Place, and it was created by Marquetta Bell-Johnson.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, is part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. A Quiet Place was chosen by the judges as the Best Art Quilt!
 
Marquetta used many of her own hand-dyed fabrics in this quilt. It is also painted, appliqued and quilted by hand. A Quiet Place measures 36 x 42 inches. It is listed for sale at $1250.00
 
The Atlanta Quilt Festival continues through August 13 at the South Fulton Arts Center,  located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Admission is free. Don’t miss your chance to see A Quiet Place and many other exceptional quilts and dolls at the Atlanta Quilt Festival!

Irene Latham Signs Her Book Thursday

Irene Latham, the author of Leaving Gees Bend,  is the featured author of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. She will speak and sign her book  Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center, located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is free. 

If you miss Ms. Latham at  2 p.m., you can still meet her. She will appear at 6:30 p.m.  at Hammonds House Museum as part of their Wine and Words series. This event costs $5.00

Leaving Gees Bend is the highly acclaimed story of a young girl who is forced to leave Gees Bend, Alabama to find a doctor for her mother. It is a sweet story that will warm your heart.

Bring the kids and come meet Irene Latham Thursday. Come early because other authors will also share their books from 10-5 p.m. as part of the Festival Book Fair. While there, be sure to view the amazing quilts and dolls and vote for your favorite quilt.

See you there!

Quilt Appraisals at Hammonds House

Holly Anderson
Holly Anderson, Georgia’s only certified quilt appraiser, will appraise quilts Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at Hammonds House Museum as part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival activities.  Hammonds House is located at 503 Peeples Street (West End), Atlanta, GA.
 
An appointment is required, and each quilt being appraised cost $40.00. During the appointment, Ms. Anderson examines the quilt, takes pictures, and sends the appraisal report to the quilt owner  in the mail  a few weeks later. She appraises both antique and modern quilts.  The $40 is paid  at the time of the appraisal.
 
If interested, please send an email to ovbrant@gmail.com,  or  contact Hammonds House directly at 404-612-0500. Ms. Anderson will appraise quilts  from  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each appraisal lasts 30 minutes.
 
Appraisal opportunities are rather rare, so if you have been thinking of getting a quilt appraised, now is the time.
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