2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival© Opens July 27th at South Fulton Arts Center

Log Cabin in the Sky by Anita Crosby. 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival Winner of Best Traditional Quilt

Log Cabin in the Sky by Anita Crosby. 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival Winner of Best Traditional Quilt

The 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival© opens Sunday, July 27th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Opening Reception is from noon – 4 p.m., but the exhibit will remain available for viewing until August 9, 2014. Admision is free, but donations are welcome.

The Opening Reception features a quilt market, quilt demonstrations, children’s activities, and entertainment. The quilt exhibit will feature a juried exhibit of exceptional art quilts and a special exhibit of wine-themed quilts.

Other activities held at Hammonds House Museum include quilt appraisals and a Beginning Dollmaking Class.

The 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival© is sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation, Hammonds House Museum and South Fulton Arts Center. Check web sites and other social media for the full schedule of activities.

See you at the Festival!

Brown Sugar Stitchers Exhibit at Norcross Arts Center

Desert Queen, by Anita Crosby, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Desert Queen, by Anita Crosby, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

An exhibit featuring the quilts of the Brown Sugar Stitchers quilt guild is underway at the Norcross Arts Center, 17 College Street in downtown Norcross, Georgia. The exhibit, which features over 60 quilts, continues through August 31, 2013.

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!

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Behind Every Great Man by Anita Crosby

Anita Crosby’s quilt called Behind Every Great Man is my all time favorite Martin Luther King quilt. This quilt features Coretta Scott King firmly behind her man Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Anita Crosby

The message is crystal clear. Even the greatest among us need help.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Belly Dancer Wins Third Place at 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Belly Dancer by Anita Crosby

Anita Crosby

Anita Crosby created the third place winner in the Best of Show balloting at  the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival Exhibit. It is called Belly Dancer.

Anita used raw edge appliqué and decorative stitches on a background of  hand-painted fabric to create her 16 x 20 inch eye-grabbing quilt. Anita’s daughter Thea, who was taking belly dancing lessons when the quilt was created, was the inspiration of the quilt.

Congratulations Anita, and thank you for sharing your quilt!

Save the Date: July 31

Log Cabin in the Sky by Anita Crosby. 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival Winner of Best Traditional Quilt

The 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival officially kicks off Sunday, July 31, 2011  at noon with the Opening Reception for the quilt exhibit. It will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Attendees will be treated to over 50 quilts as some of Atlanta’s top quilters compete for prize money. Attendees will be able to cast their vote for “Best of Show.”

In addition to the quilt exhibit, local authors will be on hand to share their latest books. Quilters will demonstrate quilting techniques and entertain the children with special activities designed to instill a love of quilting.

The reception ends at 4 p.m. , but the quilts will remain on display until August 13, 2011.

See you there!

Behind Every Great Man

Behind Every Great Man by Anita Crosby

The featured quilt of the week in the January 16, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Behind Every Great Man.  It was created by Anita Crosby.

Anita Crosby

Each year as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, I am drawn to this quilt. It is a quilt with a clear message that needs no explanation. With only two powerful images, Anita reminds us that whatever Dr. King’s many accomplishments, his wife Coretta was there supporting his efforts every step of the way.
 
See more of Anita’s work at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival©, July 31, 2011 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Log Cabin in the Sky

Log Cabin in the Sky by Anita Crosby.

The featured quilt of the week in the August 8, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Log Cabin in the Sky, and it was created by Anita Crosby.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, is part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. Log Cabin in the Sky was chosen by the judges as the Best Traditional Quilt!
 
Tradition takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of Anita. Although this quilt is composed of the tried and true log cabin block, you would never know it by looking at the quilt. The vibrant colors leave the viewer awestruck, and the precision piecing leave even the pickiest quilt critic satisfied. You really need to see this quilt up close because the picture does not do justice to the amazing quilting in the background. The quilting was also done by Anita.

Anita Crosby

Anita says she was inspired to make this quilt by the movie Cabin in the Sky which stars Lena Horne. It just goes to show: quilt inspiration is all around us.
 
Don’t forget the Atlanta Quilt Festival continues through August 13 at the South Fulton Arts Center,  located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Admission is free. Don’t miss your chance to see Log Cabin in the Sky and many other exceptional quilts and dolls at the Atlanta Quilt Festival!

Did You Attend Your Quilt Guild Meeting this Month?

Desert Queen, by Anita Crosby, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Quilting can be a very solitary endeavor, or it can be a fun group activity. I always come away inspired when I attend my quilt guild meeting and I recommend strongly that all quilters join a guild. Show and tell is always fun, and just the sheer creativity in the room is worth the trip to the meeting.

Anita Crosby

This month,  at the Brown Sugar Stitchers meeting,  we were treated to a workshop by Anita Crosby. She taught us how to make photo  quilts. Everyone left inspired, and learned many new quilting tips throughout her presentation.

Find a quilt guild and become an active member. You will become a better quilter.

Shown here is Desert Queen, Anita’s fabulous photo quilt of her daughter Thea.

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.

Desert Queen

Desert Queen, by Anita Crosby, 2009.

Desert Queen, by Anita Crosby, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Desert Queen, created by Anita Crosby,  was featured in the August 9, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.  If you attended the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show, you saw this quilt  up close. It tied for first place in the wall quilt balloting.

The queen’s name is Thea, and she is Anita’s daughter. Thea took a vacation last summer to the United Arab Emirates. This photograph was taken while Thea was out on a camel tour of the desert.

Anita Crosby

Anita Crosby

To truly immortalize Queen Thea, Anita printed the photograph on fabric, added decorative borders and machine quilted it. The quilt measures 52 x 52 inches.

I am sure this quilt will become a family heirloom.

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