Aisha Lumumba Will Lecture and Show Her Quilts Saturday

Simple Play, by Aisha Lumumba, 2009.

Simple Play, by Aisha Lumumba, 2009.

Aisha Lumumba is 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.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

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 opened 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

“R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” is 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

The attendees at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival voted R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba Best of Show in the juried exhibit at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Thank you to all who voted.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival is held the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center and at Hammonds House Museum.

Congratulations,  Aisha!

Join Aisha Lumumba For Quilts and Stories Today at South Fulton Arts Center

If Quilts Could Talk by AIsha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba, a well known author and quilt artist, will show her quilts and share the stories behind them during the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Join Aisha Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center at 1 p.m. for a heartwarming experience. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Aisha Lumumba

Visit Aisha’s web site to see some of her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.obaquilts.com.

Aisha has recently published two books that are available on Amazon. They areGifted: Art Quilts Featuring African American History Makers and If Quilts Could Talk (My Quilts, My Stories).

This presentation is geared toward an adult audience. It is free and open to the public.

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

Aisha Lumumba Will Tell Her Quilt Stories During the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Simple Play, by Aisha Lumumba, 2009.

Aisha Lumumba, a well known author and quilt artist, will show her quilts and share the stories behind them during the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Join Aisha Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center at 1 p.m. for a heartwarming experience. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Visit Aisha’s web site to see some of her amazing quilts. Her web site iswww.obaquilts.com.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha has recently published two books that are available on Amazon. They areGifted: Art Quilts Featuring African American History Makers and If Quilts Could Talk (My Quilts, My Stories).

This presentation is geared toward an adult audience. It is free and open to the public.

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

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

The Conversation

The Conversation by Aisha Lumumba

If you are a fan of Aisha Lumumba’s work, you will love The Conversation. It is currently part of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild exhibit at the Auburn Avenue Research Library which will continue through December 11, 2011.

Aisha Lumumba

If you want to see more of Aisha’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. Elaine Parker’s work is also part of this exhibit. The opening reception is November 18, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Aisha’s work will also be part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival which opens July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

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.

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!

Quilt Festival Opens to Large Crowd

Sitting on the Porch on a Southern Summer Day, 30 x 40 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. Part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit.

The Opening Reception of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival opened Sunday to record crowds and enthusiastic attendees. The South Fulton Arts Center (located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA) was alive with activity.

Over 50 quilts and 20 dolls were on display for viewing. Marva Swanson curated the quilt exhibit, and Cookie Patterson curated the doll exhibit.

Additionally, attendees were treated to quilt demonstrations, doll-making demonstrations, and children were able to create their own quilt block. The highlight of the reception was the Book Fair. Six local authors shared their work in their own unique way. The authors were Faye Adams-Taylor, Dilsa Bailey, Imani Constance, Marquetta Bell-Johnson, Aisha Lumumba and Yusef Poole.

The exhibit remains at South Fulton Arts Center until August 13, 2011. Make sure to go by and vote for your favorite quilt. The prize for “Best of Show” will be awarded to the quilt getting the most votes.

Please help spread the word!

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon by Aisha Lumumba

I wanted to close out Back History Month with a bang, and when I want a “wow” quilt, I can always count on Aisha Lumumba. Her quilt Once in a Blue Moon is the featured quilt of the week in the February 27, 2011 edition of the  Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha creates a striking woman of incredible beauty who obviously has adorned herself with her finest apparel. Aisha creates that effect by piecing a patchwork of many different fabrics to create her dress. A blue moon illuminates her, and by placing her on a gold background, it is as if she has stepped from darkness into light.
 
Since Aisha has chosen to name her quilt Once in a Blue Moon, I conclude that this lady does not dress up very often. However, she has decided on this day she will become her authentic, beautiful self.
 
To see more of Aisha’s striking quilts, visit her newly launched web site at www.obaquilts.com.

Timeless Sands

Timeless Sands by Aisha Lumumba

The featured quilt of the week in the November 7, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt  is called Timeless Sands, and it was made by Aisha Lumumba. It is one of the quilts featured in an upcoming quilt exhibit called Vistas. In addition to the quilts of Aisha, the exhibit will feature the quilts of Janice Hunter and the bead work of Elaine Parker. 

Timeless Sands is a landscape quilt. This type of quilt allows the quilter to become an artist as the quilt is created in free form without a pattern. The fabric becomes the paint as the quilters choose fabrics that will lend realism to the quilt.  In her quilt, Aisha also included herdsmen and camels to give the desert scene more realism.

Aisha Lumumba

Be sure to see the entire exhibit which opens November 15, 2010 and runs through December 31, 2010. Admission is free. The exhibit  is being held at the Atrium Gallery in the lobby of the Oddfellows Building, 236 Auburn Avnue in downtown Atlanta. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. All of the quilts are offered for sale. The opening reception is November 18, 2010 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Serendipity Exhibit Opens October 22 at Fort Valley State

Resplendent by Aisha Lumumba

The quilts of Aisha Lumumba and the bead work of Elaine Parker will be on display in an exhibit called Serendipity. The exhibit, which opens October 22, 2010  with an artists’ talk at 6 p.m.,  will be held at the Fort Valley State Fine Art Gallery, 103 E. Main street, Fort Valley, GA. The exhibit continues through November 30, 2010.

Contact cthomas@fvsu.edu for more information.

Two Days Left to Step Out to the Quilt Exhibit

Stepping Out #7 by Aisha Lumumba.

There are only two days left to view the quilts and dolls of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The exhibit ends Friday at 5 p.m. Here’s a quilt called Stepping Out #7 by Aisha Lumumba to whet your apetitite. It is part of the 50 quilt exhibit at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Aisha Lumumba

If you can’t get there, check out the pictures on the Clara Ford Foundation Facebook page to see what you missed!

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.

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.

Simple Play

  

Simple Play, by Aisha Lumumba, 2009.

Simple Play was the  featured quilt of the week in the November 29, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt© newsletter. It was created by Aisha Lumumba. This quilt is part of a wonderful fiber, bead and mixed media exhibit at the Atrium on Sweet Auburn.  Each piece of art in the exhibit features butterflies, and the exhibit is entitled Resplendent
 
Aisha has captured some of our fondest childhood memories in Simple Play. When I saw it, I was instantly transported to Crossett, Arkansas, having been ordered by my mother to go outside and play until it was time for church.

Aisha Lumumba

The dresses and the socks add dimension to this beautiful applique quilt. Simple Play measures 52 x 45 inches and sells for $6000.00.

Resplendent, which also includes the work of Elaine Parker and Janice Hunter, continues through December 31, 2009. 

The Atrium on Sweet Auburn is located at 236 Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Hours are from 9 -5 p.m. daily. For more information call 404-792-1155 or visit Aisha’s web site.

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