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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