“Thinking About Her Next Quilt” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Thinking About Her Next Quilt by Rosalind Newell. Photo by India Brantley

Thinking About Her Next Quilt by Rosalind Newell. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell

The quilt shown above is called Thinking About Her Next Quilt. It was created by Rosalind Newell.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

“Fire” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Fire by Jeanette Walton

Fire by Jeanette Walton. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

The quilt shown above is called Fire. It was created by Jeanette Walton.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

“Splash From My Stash” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Aleathia Chisolm

Aleathia Chisolm

The quilt shown above is called Splash From My Stash. Created by Aleathia Chisolm, it won Best Traditional Quilt at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. 

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

The Diva Dolls Will Be Part of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Dolls at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Dolls at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

The Atlanta Quilt Festival will again feature an exhibition of hand made dolls during the Opening Reception. These ladies are always a hit at the Festival. This year, the exhibit is curated by Gretchen Scott.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

Cookie Patterson will teach a Beginning Dollmaking class Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Hammonds House Museum. The class starts at 10 a.m., and the cost is$15.00. Email Cookie Patterson at cincygirl2028@bellsouth.net for more information. You may also call Hammonds House Museum at 404-612-0499 or email quilts@hammondshouse.org.

See You at the Festival!

Quilt Market Makes its Debut at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Water Walk by Nina Moore, 2011

Water Walk by Nina Moore, 2011

Shop til you drop at this year’s Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival as the Quilt Market makes its debut.  Enjoy hand dyed fabrics, books and unique works of art while experiencing quilting demonstrations.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

See You at the Festival!

Power Up Your Quilting With Yoga at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

A Crescendo of Cloth, 43 x 56 inches, by Latifah Shakir, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

A Crescendo of Cloth, 43 x 56 inches, by Latifah Shakir, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Well known quilt artist Latifah Shakir will lead a workshop that teaches how to power up your quilting with yoga. In this  personal journey you will learn yoga techniques to alleviate symptoms of pain, increase flexibility and strengthen your  joints in your hands and feet.

Latifah Shakir

Latifah Shakir

“Our love for quilting involves long hours of repetitive motion. Come join me and rejuvenate your body emphasizing with breathing exercises and practiced mediation to increase clarity and concentration on your future quilting projects,” says Latifah.

The class will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 from  noon – 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The class fee is $15.00. Register by sending an email to ovbrant@gmail.com.

Space is limited so act quickly. The class will last three hours. Attendees will create a Namaste Flag project which is a fabric collage consisting of fabric, meditating stitching and embellishments.

Supplies required for this class are items you  already have around your home. Bring thread, needle, scissors, fabric scraps, embellishments such as trim, buttons, fabric markers, etc. __ whatever your heart desires. Don’t bring much as there will only be time to finish two flags, but students can finish their kinetic journal at home. Latifah will bring the rest of the supplies.

See You at the Festival!

Desert Garden Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

The quilt shown above is called Desert Garden. It was created by Marquetta Bell Johnson.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

Bluest Eye Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Bluest Eye, by Anita Crosby. Photo by India Brantley

Bluest Eye, by Anita Crosby. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Anita Crosby

Anita Crosby

The quilt shown above is called Bluest Eye. It was created by Anita Crosby.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

Ying Yang Eyes Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Ying Yang Eyes by Jackie Jackson-Harvey. Photo by India Brantley

Ying Yang Eyes by Jackie Jackson-Harvey. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Jackie Jackson-Harvey

Jackie Jackson-Harvey

The quilt shown above is called Ying Yang Eyes. It was created by Jackie Jackson-Harvey.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes Saturday, August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

Linc’s Crazy Quilt Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

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Linc’s Crazy Quilt by Nancy Franklin. Photo by India Brantley

Nancy Franklin

Nancy Franklin

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

The quilt shown above is called Linc’s Crazy Quilt. It was created by Nancy Franklin.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

Your Petticoat is Showing was Featured in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Your Petticoat is Showing by Vanessa Brown

Your Petticoat is Showing by Vanessa Brown. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Vanessa Brown

Vanessa Brown

The quilt shown above is called Your Petticoat is Showing. It was created by Vanessa Brown.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

Happy Fourth of July From the Clara Ford Foundation

4th of July by Charlotte Lindsey, 2008.

4th of July by Charlotte Lindsey, 2008.

Happy Fourth of July From the Clara Ford Foundation! We hope you plan to celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See you at the Festival!

Gumbo Ladies Workshop: Master Five Techniques at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

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

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

Aisha Lumumba will lead a master quilting class on Saturday August 3, 2013 during the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The workshop will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Cost of the workshop is $60.00 which includes the kit and admittance to Aisha’s lecture at 3 p.m.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Quilters will learn five techniques that were used to create Aisha’s famed quilt Gumbo Ladies. This workshop is designed to improve basic piecing skills. It includes fussy cutting, easy appliqué, raw edge applique, trapunto, simple curves, and fabric painting. A fabric kit is provided with workshop. A sewing machine is required.

To sign up for the workshop, email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net. Space is limited so act quickly.

Aisha Lumumba Headlines 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba, Winner of Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba, Winner of Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba will be the featured quilter for the  Clara Ford Foundation Quilt Lecture Series  which is held annually during the Atlanta Quilt Festival. Ms. Lumumba is renowned for her amazing portrait quilts that often feature famous African Americans. She has also authored several books.

Ms. Lumumba will be the fifth quilt artist featured in the Quilt Lecture Series. Carolyn L. Mazloomi was featured in 2009. Judy Tipton Rush was featured in 2010. Juanita Yeager was featured in 2011,  and Maria Elkins was featured in 2012.

Ms. Lumumba will lecture and show her quilts at 3 p.m. on August 3, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center Theater. Admission is $10.00 at the door. Arrive early to view the quilt exhibit and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. Earlier in the day, she will teach a master classes to local quilters.

The festival exhibit opens July 28, 2013 and runs through August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

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

Akil Shakir Performs Oldies During Opening Reception of 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

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The Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival will feature special entertainment by New Orleans own Akil Shakir. He will perform an Oldies But Goodies Review featuring music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. You will not want to miss this special show as you enjoy food wine and quilts!

The 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit is held annually at South Fulton Arts Center, located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Opening Reception  is Sunday, July 28th from noon – 4 p.m. Other activities are held at Hammonds House Museum during the first two weeks in August. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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

Entry Forms For 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival Due June 30th

Blue RibbonThe deadline for your entry into the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival is June 30, 2013. Here are  the details.

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks original quilts and dolls for its 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The theme is A Legacy of Quilting — “Look What Big Mama Started.”

If you love sharing your quilts, see the form below to get all the details about entering you quilt in the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. All quilters welcome – beginners and professionals. A $50.00  prize will be awarded to  three quilts: Best Traditional, Best Art Quilt and Best of Show (as voted upon by the viewers). 

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 from July 26, 2013 – August 13, 2013. 

The entry forms are below. 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.

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Gees Bend Quilts at Arts Clayton Gallery Until May 31st

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There is still time to see the Gee’s Bend Quilts at the Arts Clayton Gallery, which is located at 136 South Main Street in Jonesboro, GA. The quilts will remain on display through May 31, 2013. 

The Gee’s Bend Quilts are great examples of intuitive quiltmaking.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Najah's Smile by Nicole Blackwell, 2007.

Najah’s Smile by Nicole Blackwell, 2007.

The beautiful quilt shown above was done by Nicole Blackwell in 2007. It is called Najah’s Smile.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Clara Ford Foundation!

Black History Month

Indelible by Aisha Lumumba. Photo by India Brantley

Indelible by Aisha Lumumba. Photo by India Brantley

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Black History Month is a great time to celebrate quilts because quilters have always knowingly or unknowingly documented our history. Shown above is a quilt by Aisha Lumumba called Indelible.

See more of Aisha’s quilts on her web site at www.obaquilts.com and at the Atlanta Quilt Festival July 28th – August 10, 2013. The Festival will be held at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

New Year, New Beginnings

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

The wonderful thing about a new year is that it encourages you to imagine and implement a new life. While I know you made your own resolutions and goals, I encourage all who read this blog to exhibit more. It just doesn’t make sense to spend so much time making a beautiful quilt and then to hide it in the closet. There are plenty of local shows that encourage beginning quilters as well as professionals. The Atlanta Quilt Festival held each year the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center is one of those. Others include the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild which will hold its bi-annual show in May, and the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild which will hold its show in March.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

So to inspire you, here is Jeanette Walton’s blue ribbon quilt from the East Cobb Quilt Show. It was originally called Not Fast Food when it appeared in the show, but Jeanette renamed it  Jewels in the Castle Wall.

Quilters, get busy!!

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