2015 Atlanta Quilt Festival Opens August 2d

Water Walk by Nina Moore, 2011

Water Walk by Nina Moore, 2011

The 2015 Atlanta Quilt Festival© opens August 2, 2015 at noon at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA and continues until August 31, 2015. The Opening Reception will feature quilts, dolls, children’s activities and our famed Quilt Market.

Other activities during the month of August include a beginning quilt class, beginning dollmaking class, and quilt appraisals. Activities are held at Hammonds House Museum and South Fulton Arts Center.

If you would like for your quilt to be part of the 2015 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit, email atlantaquiltfestival@gmail.com for an entry form. Follow the Atlanta Quilt Festival on Facebook for frequent updates.

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.

Our President Honored With Quilts

Quilters like most Americans were very moved by the candidacy of President Barack Obama. Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi captured many of the quilts that honor the president in her book called Journey of Hope–Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama.

It is available on amazon.com and should be a part of every quilter’s library.

Entry Deadline for Atlanta Quilt Festival Extended

The entry deadline for the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival has been extended to July 1, 2010. This extension applies to both dolls and quilts. Details of how to enter are on this site.

The 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival will open August 1st  and run through August 13, 2010. Highlights include a fabric painting class, book fair, appraisals and family day. The Festival will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA 10 -5 p.m. (Closed Sunday).

Entry Deadline June 15 for Atlanta Quilt Festival

Don’t forget the entry deadline for both quilts and dolls for the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival is June 15, 2010. All the details are on this site.

The 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival will be held August 1 – 13, 2010 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. In addition to the quilt  and doll exhibit  there will be a book fair, family day, appraisals and free classes.

Share your creativity with the world!

Am I Crazy?

Am I Crazy? by Thea Crosby

The featured quilt of the week in the May 16, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Am I Crazy? and it was created by Thea Crosby. 

 

Thea Crosby

Am I Crazy? is a beautiful example of a special genre of quilts called crazy quilts. To make a crazy quilt, the quilter chooses any and all types of fabrics — cottons, velvets, satins, prints solids, etc.– and pieces them together in a random pattern. Nothing is planned or the same in a crazy quilt — even the stitches are varied, noticeable and become part of the beauty of the quilt. In other words, the quilt is one big, beautiful  improvisation.
 
  
When you look at a crazy quilt, you cannot help but wonder what was going on in the quilter’s life to produce such a quilt. I’ll have to ask Thea when I see her, but I assure you, she is not crazy.
 
But once again, it is proven that out of chaos comes beauty.

Lady Butterfly

Lady Butterfly by Aisha Lumumba

The featured quilt of the week in the May 2, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Lady Butterfly and it was created by Aisha Lumumba.  Aisha says she imagined what it would be like if we could sprout wings and soar above the troubles of the world. I think this lady would find a way to have fun.

Aisha Lumumba

The blue background on this quilt makes me imagine that Lady Butterfly was going through a period in her life that was not so great. But when the wings sprouted, life may have still been blue, but that dress and that hair made it all just a little bit better!
 
Lady Butterfly
measures 50 x 60 inches. She was recently part of the Resplendent exhibit at the Atrium on Auburn Avenue and was offered for sale for $6000.00.

Swanson’s A Sunflower in My Garden Juried into NQA Show

A Sunflower in My Garden, by Marva Swanson

Marva Swanson’s A Sunflower in My Garden has been juried into the 2010 National Quilting Association. 41st Annual Quilt Show. The show will be held June 17-19, 2010 in Columbus, OH.

Congratulations to Marva!

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day by Inez Wilkerson

The featured quilt of the week in the April 25, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Catch of the Day, and it was created by Inez Wilkerson. Inez loves bright, happy quilts, and this quilt is no exception — even if this beautiful little fish may be somebody’s catch of the day. Let’s hope he is the one who gets away.
 
Inez machine appliqued the fish and her surroundings on a blue background. She also quilted the piece on her machine. Crystal air bubbles add  a dash of bling to this cute little quilt.
 
Catch of the Day was featured in  the  challenge quilts in  the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. Each quilter was asked to make a personal representation of what it means to be an African American quilter.

Mae’s Garden

Mae's Garden by Elisa Woods

The featured quilt of the weekn in the April 18, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Mae’s Garden, and it was created by Elisa Woods. Sometimes we doubt that something beautiful can be made from the simplest of things. Mae’s Garden is proof that often simple is best.

Elisa Woods

Mae’s Garden is made up entirely of nine patch blocks, one of the simplest of all quilt blocks and one of the first blocks learned by beginner quilters. The pattern for the quilt is called blooming nine-patch, and by adding a clever layout to beautiful fabrics, a striking work of art is born.
 
Elisa made this quilt for her Aunt Mae. According to Elisa, her Aunt Mae makes the best homemade ice cream in the world. We haven’t met Aunt Mae, but we know she has to be special to deserve such a beautiful quilt.

Earth Day is April 22

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

Quilters are the original green people. Quilters have been making something from nothing for years, and with quilters nothing goes to waste. They don’t call them scrap quilts for nothing! Shown here is a scrap quilt using 1930’s fabricc. It is called Clara’s Scrap Bag and was made by O.V. Brantley.

Do your part to save our planet.

Georgia Grown 3

Georgia Grown 3 by Janice Hunter

The featured quilt of the week in the April 11, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Georgia Grown 3, and it was created by Janice Hunter. This quilt is part of a series of three quilts that feature butterflies indigenous to Georgia.

Janice Hunter

Janice features the Golden Banded Skipper butterfly in this quilt. She envisions the butterfly taking a much needed rest. The serene Georgia woods offers it protection.
 
Georgia Grown 3, which measures 33 x 33 inches, was recently part offered for sale for $600.00 in an exhibition called Resplendent. In that exhibit, all of the quilts featured butterflies. It was held at the Atrium Gallery on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.

A Sunflower in My Garden

A Sunflower in My Garden, by Marva Swanson

The featured quilt in the April 4, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called A Sunflower in My Garden, and it was created by Marva Swanson. This quilt was made using a machine applique technique made popular by renowned quilter Sharon Schamber. The technique requires that you work from the back of the quilt, glue all the pieces together and then stitch the seams on a machine. Marva hired Regina Carter to professionally machine quilt the piece, and then embellished her quilt with crystals.
 

Marva Swanson

Marva says A Sunflower in My Garden was even more fun to make because it was created in a class of quilting friends with friend Maxine Moore as the teacher. “It was very interesting to see how differently the quilts turned out even though they were made from the same pattern,” she said.
 
If your garden is not in full bloom yet, this quilt will remind you to look forward to the beautiful blooms that will arrive in just a few weeks.

Basketball for C.J.

Basketball for C.J. by Shannon Turner and Maxine Moore

March Madness demands that we share a basketball quilt this week. The featured quilt  in the March 21, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter was made for six-year-old Gerald Turner, and it is called Basketball for C.J. It was a collaborative effort between Gerald’s Mom Shannon Turner and his grandmother Maxine Moore.

Gerald has grown up around quilts. His entire life has been a collage of patchwork, friends and creative energy. So when he suggested he wanted a basketball quilt, his Mom knew it was time to plant the seeds of stardom. Basketball fabric is the focus of the quilt. His grandmother completed the theme with an embroidered basketball hoop in the border of the quilt.

Basketball for C.J. is on Gerald’s bed where hoop dreams are born.

So Many Butterflies

So Many Butterflies by Anita Crosby.

The featured quilt of the week in the March 14, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called So Many Butterflies. It was created by Anita Crosby.
 
 Anita made this quilt for a special young lady at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home. After being exhibited in the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers  Quilt Show, it was presented to its new owner in November.

Anita Crosby

The butterflies in the center of the quilt provide the focal point of the quilt. They are all types, shapes and colors, but all beautiful.  Anita appliqued the different butterflies to a beautiful floral pink and yellow background. The borders carry out of the theme of the quilt perfectly.
 
I am sure that this quilt serves as a constant reminder to its new owner, that she, too, is a beautiful butterfly.

A Gusty Day

A Gusty Day by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the March 7, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is  my all time favorite quilt for the month of March. The quilt is called A Gusty Day,  and it was created by Bessie Barnett. 

Bessie Barnett

Winter just seems like it doesn’t want to let go of Atlanta this year. We had snow of all things last week! Bessie’s quilt captures the essence of a March day with her beautiful applique of a woman taking a walk on a windy day.
 
We know Mother Nature will work her March Magic soon, and the cold weather will magically disappear. Warm sunshine and beautiful flowers are just around the corner.

Quilt Me a Story

Quilt Me A Story by Aleathia Chisolm

The featured quilt of the week in the February 28, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter continues our celebration of Black History Month. The quilt is called Quilt Me a Story and it was created by Aleathia Chisolm. 

Aleathia Chisolm

One of the things that is universally loved about quilt is that quilts tell a story. Sometimes the story is in the fabric, and sometimes it is in the design.

Quilt Me a Story was featured in one of the early quilt shows sponsored by the Brown Sugar Stitchers. Aleathia took a simple concept of reading a bedtime story and captured the essence of quilting.
 
The next time you look at a quilt, see if you can “read” the story the quilter is trying to tell. There is nothing like a good story!

Mary Lin Elementary Students Learn Quilting

Mary Lin Elementary students display their quilt blocks

The Clara Ford Foundation participated in the Black History Month celebration at the Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta. Quilters Marva Swanson, Laura Sorton, Nina Moore and O.V. Brantley shared the art of quilting with 236 elementary school students. 

With the help of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, the Clara Ford Foundation prepared a quilt block for each of the students. Each student then finished his/her quilt with an original drawing in the middle of the quilt.

The students and the teachers loved designing  their quilt blocks, and they learned a lot about quilting as well.  

Mother and Child

Mother and Child by Michelle Willis. Photo by India Brantley

The featured quilt of the week in the Februiariy 14, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter continued our celebration of Black History Month. The quilt is called Mother and Child and it was created by Michelle Willis. It was recently exhibited in the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.
 
This quilt starts with a pre-printed panel in the middle. The panel depicts an ageless symbol of a mother’s love.

Michelle Willis

Michelle accented the panel with luscious blues and browns to create a beautiful wallhanging that measures 38 x 58 inches. The quilt was pieced and quilted by Michelle.
 
Wonder what this mother is whispering in her child’s ear? Do you remember your mother’s whisper even now?

A Mother’s Heart

A Mother's Heart, by Maxine Moore

The featured quilt  of the week in the February 7, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is the perfect quilt for Valentines Week. It is called A Mother’s Heart, and it was created by Maxine Moore.

Maxine Moore

Maxine created this 74 x 64 inch quilt in 2008 for Mrs. Yvonne Rubens’s 80th birthday at the request of Mrs. Rubens’ daughter  and fellow quilter Rosalind Newell.  The large heart pattern was created by Maxine from strategically placed variations on nine-patch blocks. The crimson and cream colors were chosen because Mrs. Rubens has been a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority since her college years. Rosalind also wanted the heart to remind her mother that she is loved and appreciated.
 
A Mother’s Heart was part of the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. It is part of  Mrs. Rubens’ permanent collection of heirloom quilts.

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