Herding Ducks On A Happy Water Buffalo Wins Best Art Quilt

 

Herding Ducks on a Happy Water Buffalo by Melinda Rushing

Herding Ducks on a Happy Water Buffalo by Melinda Rushing

Melinda Rushing’s Herding Ducks on a Happy Water Buffalo won Best Art Quilt at the 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Congratulations, Melinda!

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.

“Swimming with the Fish” Tied For Best Art Quilt At the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Swimming With the Fish by Melinda Rushing

Swimming With the Fish by Melinda Rushing

Swimming with the Fish won a blue ribbon for Best Art Quilt at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This 46 x 46 inch quilt was created by Melinda Rushing. She was also awarded a $50 cash prize.

The Atlanta Quilt Festival continues through August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center and Hammonds House Museum. Viewing hours for the  exhibit  at South Fulton Arts Center are

Be sure to cast your vote for Best of Show during your visit.

See you at the Festival!

“Summertime and the Living is Easy” Tied For Best Art Quilt at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Summertime and the Living is Easy by Nicole Blackwell

Summertime and the Living is Easy by Nicole Blackwell

Summertime and the Living is Easy won a blue ribbon for Best Art Quilt at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This 30 x 42  inch quilt was created by Nicole Blackwell. She was also awarded a $50 cash prize.

The Atlanta Quilt Festival continues through August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center and Hammonds House Museum. Viewing hours for the  exhibit  at South Fulton Arts Center are

Be sure to cast your vote for Best of Show during your visit.

See you at the Festival!

Gees Bend Quilts at Arts Clayton Gallery Until May 31st

gees bend quilt 3

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.

Sparkling Bloom is First Runner Up in the Art Quilt Category

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby was chosen by the judges as First Runner-Up in the Art Quilt Category at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt features curved piecing and is embellished with crystals.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Spelman College

Spelman College by Michelle Willis

Michelle Willis

This is the time of year for graduation, so we pause to honor all the graduates. We know their future is bright.

This week’s featured quilt spotlights Spelman College, one of the most renowned colleges in the country. Michelle Willis is the creator of this stunning quilt  that honors her alma mater. Michelle is a proud graduate of Spelman.

Sun Leaves Ties For Best Art Quilt

Sun Leaves, 43 x 47 inches, by Brenda Shelby, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Sun Leaves by Brenda Shelby tied for first place in the Best Art Quilt category at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The quilt, which is made from hand painted fabrics, measures 43 x 47 inches.

Brenda Shelby

Brenda received an original ribbon designed by Laura Sorton and a $50.00 check from the Clara Ford Foundation.

Congratulations, Brenda!

When a Man Loves a Woman

When a Man Loves a Woman by Aleathia Chisolm

The featured quilt of the week in the February 13, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called When a Man Loves a Woman. It was created by Aleathia Chisolm.  
 
This quilt is my all time favorite Valentine’s Day quilt. Aleathia captures in this quilt what most ladies are looking for — a man who will cherish and adore them. 

Aleathia Chisolm

To create this quilt, Aleathia first pieced the black and white background from squares of different fabrics. She then appliquéd the man and woman on top. The loving couple is framed by three borders.
 
See more of Aleathia’s work at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival which will be held July 31, – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

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.

Call for Entries at Carnegie Center For Art and History

The Carnegie Center for Art and History has published the following call for entries for its annual show. The deadline is October 16, 2010.

Form, Not Function
Quilt Art at the Carnegie
Carnegie Center for Art & History
New Albany, IN
January 7 – March 5, 2011

For the eighth year, the Carnegie Center for Art & History invites artists to submit entries for Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, an exhibition exploring the world of contemporary art quilts. This annual, juried exhibit draws works of art by artists across the United States and celebrates innovation and creative thought in the increasingly popular medium of art quilts.

The Carnegie Center is pleased to have Rowland Ricketts, Judy Rush and Joanne Weis as jurors for the 2011 Form, Not Function exhibition. In addition to selecting the works for the exhibit, they will also select some of the exhibition awards on the opening day of the exhibition.

Eligibility: Form, Not Function is an annual juried exhibit of contemporary quilt art, open to artists living in the United States. All works must be quilted (two or more distinct layers held together with stitches); other techniques and mediums may be incorporated. Works must be ready to hang on the wall, including the hanging rod. Works must be original and completed since January 1, 2007. Maximum size is 100” height and 60” width. There is no minimum size. Three-dimensional works including works mounted on stretchers) are eligible, but the work must be ready to exhibit on a pedestal or include mounting hardware for wall display.

Entry Fee: $30.00 for three works; $10.00 for each additional work.

Cash Awards:
$1,000 Best of Show
$300 Award of Excellence presented by River City Fiber Artists
$200 Award of Excellence presented by the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists
$100 Award for Political and Social Commentary
$50 Visitors’ Choice Award
plus additional cash Awards of Merit

Online Submissions encouraged or download prospectus: http://www.carnegiecenter.org/ProspectusFormNotFunction2011.pdf

Visit website for additional details and online submission: www.carnegiecenter.org/

Contact:
Karen Gillenwater, Curator
812-944-7336 or kgillenwater@carnegiecenter.org

Carnegie Center for Art & History
201 East Spring Street
New Albany, IN 47150
812-944-7336

Jordan’s Fish

Jordan's Fish by Janice Daniel

With the last days of summer upon us, the featured quilt in the August 22, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is a reminder that we need to get out there and enjoy the remaining days of summer with gusto. It may be a good time to go fishing. If you are not a fisherman, maybe a good old fashioned fish fry in the back yard might do the trick so long as it is not Jordan’s fish that you are frying!
 

Janice Daniel

The featured quilt of the week is called Jordan’s Fish, and it was created by Janice Daniel. This whimsical fish and his playmate were created for Janice’s grandson Jordan. 

To create him, Janice used applique and embroidery techniques using colorful fabrics and thread. To give the piece a more realistic feel, she created the sea currents and tracks in the sand with thread.
 
Jordan’s Fish was recently part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center.

Tall Grass at Atlanta Quilt Festival

Tall Grass by Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the July 25, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Tall Grass, and it was created by Nina Moore. This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, will be part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. The Atlanta Quilt Festival will be held August 1 -13 at the South Fulton Arts Center,  located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. 

Nina Moore

Nina says this quilt was inspired by  a painting she saw on a friend’s wall. She used applique techniques to interpret the painting on fabric. Then she embellished the quilt with beads and shells to bring the quilt alive.
 
In addition to exhibiting her beautiful work during the Atlanta Quilt Festival, Nina will also teach a Beginning Quilting class August 11, 2010. The class is free, but space is limited. Email ovbrant@gmail.com for more information or to sign up. You can start your quilting journey at the Atlanta Quilt Festival!

Nancy Crow At Fuller Craft Museum

Constructions #91 by Nancy Crow

If you love art quilts, you will not want to miss the Nancy Crow exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum. The exhibit runs January 31 – May 9, 2010. The museum is located at 455 Oak Street, Brockton, Massachusetts 02301.

Visit www.fullercraft.org for more info.

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

 Tumbling In Space  was featured in the August 30, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Marva Swanson. This quilt was also recently featured in the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show where it was voted first place in the large quilt category by the viewers.

 Tumbling in Space  is an optical illusion quilt. The effect is created by using three shades of the same color fabric. All of the fabrics in Marva’s quilt were hand dyed. Not satisfied with the spectacular fabrics, Marva embellished her quilt with over 1000 crystals to give the quilt its “tumbling in space” effect.

Marva Swanson

Marva Swanson

The blocks in Tumbling in Space were machine pieced by Marva, then hand appliqued on a black background. It was machine quilted by Regina Carter.

Tumbling in Space  measures 72 x 80 inches. Marva finished it in 2009 after the technique was learned in a class taught by Maxine Moore.

Jazz Quilt Exhibit Extended to September 15

Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook shown with God Bless the Child.

Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook shown with God Bless the Child.

The exhibit, Jazz! Art Quilts in Performance that showcases the  quilts of Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook, has been extended. Formerly scheduled to close July 31st, the exhibit will now remain on display until September 15, 2009 at the Avery Research Center in Charleston, SC.

I took a day trip to Charleston last week to see the exhibit. I was lucky enough to get a personal tour from Marlene who is shown here with her quilt God Bless the Child. This quilt was inspired by a song of the same name by Billie Holiday.

The quilts are fun and educational. In addition to enjoying the quilts, I learned a lot about jazz. Also included in the exhibit are jazz themed post cards creaated by members of the African American Quilters online group.

 A catalog of the exhibit is available in the gift shop for $10.00. It will make a wonderful addition to your  quilt library.

A Longing Fulfilled

A Longing Fulfilled, by Nancy Franklin

A Longing Fulfilled, by Nancy Franklin Nancy Franklin

 

Nancy Franklin

Nancy Franklin

A Longing Fulfilled, created by Nancy Franklin, was featured in the 6/21/09 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. The quilt’s title is taken from Proverbs 13:12. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life”.

As Nancy explains, “Each of the small pieces that make up the tree represents all of the things we long for in life: attention, love, happiness, safety, prosperity, comfort and health, to name just a few. While we often dwell in life’s disappointments, we should be able to reflect on hundreds of moments of satisfaction, and to God’s many blessings that contribute to our own tree of life.” The tree was hand pieced using over 40 commercial and hand-dyed fabrics with a mud-cloth border. The quilt was machine quilted. This is one of a series of tree quilts.

A Longing Fulfilled is currently part of a themed exhibit called Sacred Threads in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Sacred Threads explores the subject themes of spirituality, joy, inspiration, peace, brotherhood, grief and healing.

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