Entry Forms For 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival Due June 30

The deadline for your entry into the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival is June 30, 2012. Here are  the details.

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks original quilts and dolls for its 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The theme is A Legacy of Quilting — “Look What Big Mama Started.”

If you love sharing your quilts, click on the link below to get all the details about entering you quilt in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. All quilters welcome – beginners and professionals. Cash prizes will be awarded to  three quilts: Best Traditional, Best Art Quilt and Best of Show. 

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 fromJuly 27, 2012 – August 13, 2012.

CLICK HERE FOR QUILT ENTRY DETAILS:  Forms for 2012 Show. 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.

Maria Elkins will headline 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Windblown by Maria Elkins

The Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum has announced that Maria Elkins will headline the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Maria is well known for her award winning portrait quilts such as the one shown above.

Her lecture and trunk show will take place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Earlier in the day from 9 – 3 p.m., Maria will conduct a master quilter’s workshop for 20 participants. She will teach her “Drawn and Painted Portrait” workshop. The cost for this workshop is $65.00. Please email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net if interested. Act quickly because space is limited.

Visit Maria’s web site to learn more about her and to see her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.mariaelkins.com.

You will not want to miss this exceptional opportunity to meet Maria and see her amazing quilts up close and personal.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Clara Ford Foundation!

Clara’s Scrap Bag, 70 x 89 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2001.

Clara Ford

Clara Ford was the mother of six children: Allen, Ray, Matthew, Emma, Evora and Ruth. Her legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her quilts. Eight of her quilts remain, stored in treasured status, ready to inspire future generations. These quilts will be available for viewing at the 2012 Atlanta Arts Festival which opens at noon July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Shown above is a quilt that honors Clara. It was  made by O.V. Brantley, her granddaughter. The quilt is called Clara’s Scrap Bag.

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.

Mae’s Garden

Mae's Garden by Elisa Woods

Plant nurseries were jam packed this weekend with people buying new plants for their yards and gardens. If you don’t have a green thumb but love plants, this week’s featured quilt is for you.

Elisa Woods

The featured quilt of the week is called Mae’s Garden by quilter Elisa Woods. The pattern is called Blooming Nine Patch. The pattern makes an amazing quilt so long as you choose your fabrics carefully.

You can see more of Elisa’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Meanwhile, this quilt should get you in a spring time mood.

Stop ‘N Go Green

St. Patrick’s Day is not the only reason to think green. We must also save the planet. We must also make beautiful quilts.

Brenda Shelby

Stop ‘N Go Green was made by Brenda Shelby. It was her entry in response to a Tri-Guild challenge to express what going green means to you.

You may see more of Brenda’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival which opens July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center. The Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA

Small Steps

Small Steps by Marquetta Bell-Johnson, 2011. Photo by India Brantley.

With the first hints of spring in the air, it seemed appropriate to show a happy quilt. Small Steps by Marquetta Bell-Johnson is happy and bright.

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Small Steps was exhibited at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival, and it made all who saw it smile. Like all of Marquetta’s quilts, it is made from her hand-dyed fabrics, and it is hand quilted. Marquetta shares her hand-dying technique in her book Hand Dyed Quilts which is available on Amazon.

To see more of Marquetta’s work, visit the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Gumbo LadiesTwo

Gumbo Lades 2 by Aisha Lumumba, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

If you were lucky enough to spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans or one of the other carnival cities, we hope you had  fun. We know you ate a lot.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba captures the spirit of New Orleans perfectly in her quilt Gumbo Ladies Two. You can enjoy this quilt with no calories added.

To see more of Aisha’s work, visit the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Also, visit Aisha’s web site at obaquilts.com

Happy

Happy by Valerie Cookie Patterson

This week we take a break from Christmas quilts to feature a handmade doll. After all, Christmas is all about children and the young at heart. This very special doll was created by Valerie Cookie Patterson, and she is simply called Happy.

Valerie Cookie Patterson

Happy has just returned from a national tour as part of the Hoffman challenge. She is definitely happy about that, and we at the Clara Ford Foundation are hoping your holidays are happy so far.

To see more of Cookie’s work, visit the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival which opens July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

One of the quilts that will be part of the Georgia Quilt Show which opens October 20th is Tumbling in Space. It was created by Marva Swanson. 

Marva Swanson

Tumbling in Space was part of the International Quilt Festival in Houston last year. It has now returned home so that Georgians can enjoy its beauty. This quilt takes a traditional block to another level by placing it on a black background with thousands of crystals to provide starlight.

This quilt was also part of the 2009 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

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.

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