Just Friends

Just Friends by Nina Moore, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

One of the best loved past times of quilters is to exchange blocks. These exchanges may have rules such as being required to use a certain color, a certain block, etc. Sometimes there are no rules.

Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week is called Just Friends by Nina Moore. A group of eight friends contributed two blocks each to make this 16 block quilt. Nina’s color choice for the sashing makes a stunning quilt.

Just Friends was exhibited at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival along with three of the other quilts from this exchange. See more of Nina’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012  and continuing through August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Nina will also teach a Beginning Quilting class at South Fulton Arts Center on August 11, 2012.

Rotation of Cross

Rotation of Cross by Mary Maynard

Mary Maynard

In recognition of the holy season, this week’s featured quilt is Rotation of Cross by Mary Maynard. Mary used a stained glass window technique learned in a class taught by Regina Carter.

Rotation of Cross won Best of Show at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. See more of Mary’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Festival will continue through August 11, 2012.

Season’s Turn

Season's Turn, 40 x 40 inches, by Miyata Johnson, 2011. Best Traditional Quilt at 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

A couple of years ago, Miyata Johnson followed through on her resolution to learn to quilt. She took Maxine Moore’s Beginning Quilting Class at Intown Quilters and classes at Southwest Arts Center.

Miyata Johnson

Her quilt Season’s Turn won Best Traditional Quilt at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival,  which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center. Once you know the basics, the sky is the limit.

What are you waiting for? Get started!

Sister Joan

Sister Joan by Jackie Jackson-Harvey

Jackie Jackson-Harvey created Sister Joan as a tribute to her sister Joan who is battling kidney cancer. Quilt artist Lola Jenkins  designed the portrait.  Jackie set the portrait into a panel with one of Joan’s favorite poems Footprints in the Sand to create the 40 x 50 inch quilt.

Jackie Jackson-Harvey

Sister Joan was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.


From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth

From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth by Elaine Parker. Photo by India Brantley

From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth is a very unusual quilt made by Elaine Parker. This small 14 x 26 inch quilt is made of beads. Elaine wove the seed beads into blocks to create the Kente cloth, then hand quilted the piece. She embellished it with cowrie shells.

Elaine Parker

From Kente Cloth to Bead Cloth was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

To see more of Elaine’s work visit her exhibit entitled Encore which runs November 10, 2011 – December 31, 2011 at the Atrium on Sweet Auburn Art Gallery, Oddfellows Building, 236 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 9 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Dates For 5th Annual Fiber, Bead and Mixed Media Exhibit Announced

Indelible by Aisha Lumumba. Photo by India Brantley

Aisha Lumumba and Elaine Parker have announced the dates for their 5th Annual Fiber, Bead and Mixed Media Art Exhibit which is entitled Encore! It will be held November 10 – December 31, 2011 at The Atrium on Sweet Auburn Art Gallery in the Oddfellows Building, 236 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. The Artists’ Reception will be held November 18, 2011 from 6  8 pm.

Aisha Lumumba

Shown above is Aisha’s Indelible. This wonderful sampler of traditional African motifs and fabrics was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

Senegal

Senegal by Janice Daniel. Photo by India Brantley

Janice Daniel has traveled extensively in Africa, and her quilts are often inspired by her travels. Senegal, which measures 35 x 42 inches, begins with a printed panel that Janice purchased in West Africa. It is bordered by African Fabrics she purchased in the United States. Janice pieced and quilted Senegal on her machine.

Janice Daniel

Senegal was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

 

Market Day

Market Day by Nina Moore. Photo credit by India Brantley

It’s harvest time, and the ladies in Nina Moore’s quilt are headed to the market to get the freshest produce. But who knows who you might see at market, so these ladies are dressed in their best colorful finery of batik fabrics.

Nina Moore

Nina pieced and appliqued Market Day by hand. She used her machine for the embroidery and the beautiful quilting. The quilt measures 19 x 23 inches.

This quilt was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

 

It’s Raining Violets

It's Raining Violets by Bessie Barnett. Photo credit India Brantley

Rainy weather in Atlanta this week could not put a damper on this quilt. According to Bessie Barnett, It’s Raining Violets.

Bessie created this 24 x 24 inch quilt by starting with an embroidered center square. The square is surrounded by nine patches, triangles and plain squares.

Bessie Barnett

This quilt was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

A Quilt For Molly

A Quilt For Molly by Peggy Martin

A Quilt for Molly was created by Peggy Martin. It measures  42 x 54 inches. She describes it as  a log cabin block pattern using a multitude of batiks.

Peggy Martin

This quilt was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

A Quilt For Molly is sure to get you in the mood for leaf watching. If you don’t have a leaf watching trip to the North Georgia Mountains planned, visit this quilt often.

 

Maya’ s Heart in Bloom

Maya's Heart in Bloom, 41 x 51 inches by Elisa Woods, 2011

Elisa Woods

The summer flowers may be beginning to fade, but not in this quilt. Maya’s Heart in Bloom, which was created by Elisa Woods, will let you enjoy flowers all year long.

This quilt was made from the blooming nine patch pattern, and Elisa chose bright oranges and yellows to depict warmth and shining light.

This quilt was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

It’s National Coffee Day!

Java Jive by Vanessa Brown

Vanessa Brown

In honor of National Coffee Day, here’s a cute quilt by Vanessa Brown called Java Jive. This quilt is sure to perk up your day.

Java Jive was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

Forever Friends

Forever Friends, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. Photo by India Brantley

Forever Friends was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by O.V. Brantley.

O.V. Brantley

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Aleathia Chisolm, Nina Moore and Rosalind Newell were the other quilters featured.

Just Friends

Just Friends by Nina Moore, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

Just Friends was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by Nina Moore, who also taught the Beginning Quilting class during The Festival

Nina Moore

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Aleathia Chisolm, Rosalind Newell and O.V. Brantley were the other quilters featured.

Keep An Eye On Your Blocks

Keep An Eye On Your Blocks, by Aleathia Chisolm, 2010. Photo by India Brantley

Keep An Eye On Your Blocks was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit  held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by Aleathia Chisolm.

Aleathia Chisolm

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Rosalind Newell, Nina Moore and O.V. Brantley were the other quilters featured.

A Few of My Favorite Friends

A Few of My Favorite Friends, by Rosalind Newell, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

A Few of My Favorite Friends was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by Rosalind Newell, who was also the organizer of the group.

Rosalind Newell

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Aleathia Chisolm, Nina Moore and O.V. Brantley were the other quilters featured.

Friendship Quilts Make Great Heirlooms

My Purple Cure, by O.V. Brantley, 2002

A friendship quilt is a generic term for a quilt made up of blocks exchanged between friends. Sometimes a particular fabric is chosen, and each quilter makes a block that includes that fabric. Sometimes a particular block is chosen, and each quilter makes that block from the fabric of her choice. These quilts take many forms, but what they all have in common is that they become priceless heirlooms.

O.V. Brantley

Shown here is one of my earliest friendship quilts called My Purple Cure.  Each quilter used the purple breast cancer awareness fabric in her block. This 2002 quilt, which hangs in my home, becomes more special as the years go by, as I remember the friends who participated in the block exchange and the circumstances that brought us together.

The 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center, featured four friendship quilts that turned out to be the stars of the show. The block exchange was organized by Rosalind Newell. Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group.

In case you missed them at The Festival, each quilt will be featured on this site.

2011 Brown Sugar Stitchers President’s Quilt

Brown Sugar Stitchers' President's Quilt presented to Ann Smith, President, 2010-2011.

The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild has a ten-year tradition of presenting its outgoing president with a quilt. The presentation is usually made at the guild’s annual tea. This year’s outgoing president Ann Smith, who absolutely loves crazy quilts,  received the crazy quilt shown above to commemorate her service. Members of the guild contributed blocks and charms for the quilt.

Ann shared her quilt at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center August 1 -13, 2011. All who saw the quilt were amazed at the intricate workmanship in the quilt.

Rotation of Cross Wins Best of Show at 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Rotation of Cross by Mary Maynard

Mary Maynard

When all the votes were counted, Mary Maynard’s Rotation of Cross walked away with Best of Show at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center. She won a beautiful ribbon and a $50 prize.

Mary says she was inspired by local quilt artist Regina Carter’s stained glass window. The quilt measures 50 x 65 inches. It is machine pieced and quilted.

Congratulations Mary and thank you for sharing your beautiful quilt!

Antiquity Wins Second Place at 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Antiquity by Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba’s quilt Antiquity took second place in the voting for Best of Show at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center.

Aisha says she made Antiquity from her trusty scrap bag. It is machine pieced, hand painted, quilted and beaded. The quilt measures 23 x 33 inches and is for sale for $1000.00. See more of Aisha’s quilts at www.obaquilts.com.

Congratulations Aisha, and thank you for sharing your quilt!

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