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.

 

Brown Sugar Stitchers Announce Exhibit Dates

 

2011 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild Donation Quilt

The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild will hold its bi-annual quilt exhibit October 2 through December 11, 2011 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The theme of the exhibit is Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts: African American Quilters in the 21st Century.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 7 p.m.  In addition to meeting the quilters, attendees will have the opportunity to possibly win the beautiful quilt shown above.

This is definitely an exhibit you will not want to miss. For more information email bssquiltguild@hotmail.com.

Story Quilter Tina Williams Brewer Receives Lifetime Achievment Award

tina williams brewer.guided by the ancestors-cover-231x299Tina Williams Brewer, known for her story quilts with African themes, recently received the lifetime achievement award from the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Brewer’s life’s work includes not only her exquisite quilts, but many contributions to the community in the form of mentoring other artists, teaching children and adults, and active participation in guilds and organizations.

A book that documents some of her work is called Guided By the Ancestors and is available through her web site. To learn more about Brewer and her work, visit her web site.

Family Village of Love

Family Village of Love by Linda Poindexter

Family Village of Love by Linda Poindexter

 Family Village of Love was featured in the June 7, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Linda Poindexter.

Linda Poindexter

Linda Poindexter

The center of this quilt is a whole cloth panel that Linda has embellished with lots of amazing beading. The border is a machine pieced array of African prints, and the entire quilt was quilted by hand.

Family Village of Love was recently featured in the 2009 Sewjourners Quilt Guild quilt show, and was quite a show stopper.

Out of Africa III, Charmed I’m Sure

Out of Africa III-Charmed I'm Sure by Jeanette Walton

Out of Africa III-Charmed I'm Sure by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Continuing our celebration of Black History month,  a beautiful quilt created by Jeanette Walton as the featured quilt of the week in the February 15, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.  It is called  Out of Africa III, Charmed I’m Sure.

When asked about the quilt, Jeanette explains it this way:  This quilt is the third in a series using African print and African inspired fabrics.  I had made previous quilts for two of my dearest friends, one for my roommate in college, Pam, and one for my sister-by-affection, Regina, and I wanted to make one for myself to complete the circle.  To relieve the terminal boredom of making exactly the same quilt a third time, I decided to make it a charm quilt. 

A charm quilt is made with no two patches cut from the same fabric.  Folklore has it that sometimes the quilter would deliberately use the same fabric twice, and it was a form of entertainment to try to find the fabrics that were the same.  There is a repeat fabric in Out of Africa III – Charmed I’m Sure, but it wasn’t by design!”  

 I did not ask Jeanette how long it took to collect the fabrics for this quilt, but I am sure all the quilters reading this will view this quilt with “stash envy.” Don’t hate.

Bountiful Harvest

Bountiful Harvest by Levine Joiner

Bountiful Harvest by Levine Joiner

 Bountiful Harvest  was the featured quilt of the week  in the November 23, 2008 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.  It was created by Levine Joiner. Most of Levine’s quilts tell a story, and Bountiful Harvest is no exception.

Levine uses applique techniques to create this story of an African mother gathering her harvest while her two children look on. From the looks of what has been gathered, it has truly been a good year.

Also, true to Levine’s style, the colors in the quilt are bold and colorful. She uses rich embellishments on the mother’s dress and the head pieces of the family to add dimension to the piece.

The children seem incredibly helpful and well behaved. I like to think of them as being the mother’s most beloved harvest.

Levine Joiner

Levine Joiner

Village Values

Village Values by Aleathia CHisolm

Village Values by Aleathia CHisolm

Sometimes simple is best. Every quilt is not intended to be worthy of the Smithsonian Museum, and every beautiful quilt is not complicated. Sometimes it is best to let the fabric do the talking. Such is the case with Village Values  created by Aleathia Chisolm. It was featured in the October 5, 2008 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.

Aleathia Chisolm
Aleathia Chisolm

Village Values is composed of lush, authentic strips of African fabrics. It is the interplay of the fabrics that makes this quilt stunning. The African fabrics are offset by a black border that speaks to you. Aleathia has embroidered the words “culture, purpose, unity, and community” in the borders.

 

Village Values, which measures 51 x 81 inches, is offered for sale at the Fabric Art Exhibit which began today at the Grounds Coffeehouse, Sky Loft Condos, 898 Oak Street, Atlanta, GA. The sales price is $475.00, and the exhibit continues through November 8, 2008. 

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