Wishing You A Joyful Holiday Season

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Ancestral Christmas, art quilt, by O.V. 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!

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!

Fashionable Feathered Friends

Fashionable Feathered Friends, by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt in the November 28, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Fashionable Feathered Friends, and it was created by Bessie Barnett. I just love these girls!

Bessie Barnett

Bessie appliquéd each block to create the chickens and the high heel, etc. However, the embellishments on this quilt make it special. A close inspection of one of these girls reveals she went to the nail salon and got herself some acrylic nails!

I am sure this quilt tugs at the heart of all of us old girls who love to dress up and hit the town!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Paranoid Tom by Aleathia Chisolm, 2009.

The Clara Ford Foundation is so grateful that you invite us into your home each week with the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. We hope that by sharing some amazing quilts with an encouraging message, we  have lightened your load a little and made you smile.

We wish you a safe and loving Thanksgiving filled with quilts!

African American Quilters at New England Quilt Museum

The quilts  of noted contemporary African-American quilt artists Soniè Ruffin, NedRa Bonds, Sherry Whetstone, and Michele David are currently on display at the New England Quilt Museum. The exhibit is entitled  AFRICAN-AMERICAN QUILTS TODAY: A Celebration of Motherhood, Sisterhood & the Matriarchs. The exhibit continues through December 31, 2010.

According the curator Dr. Pearlie M. Johnson, the exhibition showcases the ways in which contemporary fiber artists combine Afrocentric themes and visual language with the concerns of contemporary African-American women, centering on work, family, friendship, religious values, and spirituality—issues that resonate with American women of all generations.”

For additional information visit the museum web site.

Life’s Journey

Life's Journey by Yvonne Bernal

The  featured quilt of the week in the June 6, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Life’s Journey, and it was created by Yvonne Bernal. Life’s Journey is a great example of a genre of quilts called journal quilts.
 
Journal quilts are very small art  quilts usually no bigger than a sheet of paper. Quilters began using this quilt form to try new techniques or ideas

Yvonne Bernal

without a large investment in time or supplies. Also, we know that keeping a journal is therapeutic, and making a journal quilt is no different.These quilts often chronicle what the quilter is feeling at the time. It may be joy, frustration, tragedy, inspiration, a memorable event, etc. 
 
Only Yvonne knows what was on her mind the day she created Life’s Journey, but we all can agree that she created an amazing piece of art.

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.

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day by Inez Wilkerson

The featured quilt of the week in the April 25, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Catch of the Day, and it was created by Inez Wilkerson. Inez loves bright, happy quilts, and this quilt is no exception — even if this beautiful little fish may be somebody’s catch of the day. Let’s hope he is the one who gets away.
 
Inez machine appliqued the fish and her surroundings on a blue background. She also quilted the piece on her machine. Crystal air bubbles add  a dash of bling to this cute little quilt.
 
Catch of the Day was featured in  the  challenge quilts in  the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. Each quilter was asked to make a personal representation of what it means to be an African American quilter.

Quilt Me a Story

Quilt Me A Story by Aleathia Chisolm

The featured quilt of the week in the February 28, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter continues our celebration of Black History Month. The quilt is called Quilt Me a Story and it was created by Aleathia Chisolm. 

Aleathia Chisolm

One of the things that is universally loved about quilt is that quilts tell a story. Sometimes the story is in the fabric, and sometimes it is in the design.

Quilt Me a Story was featured in one of the early quilt shows sponsored by the Brown Sugar Stitchers. Aleathia took a simple concept of reading a bedtime story and captured the essence of quilting.
 
The next time you look at a quilt, see if you can “read” the story the quilter is trying to tell. There is nothing like a good story!

Mother and Child

Mother and Child by Michelle Willis. Photo by India Brantley

The featured quilt of the week in the Februiariy 14, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter continued our celebration of Black History Month. The quilt is called Mother and Child and it was created by Michelle Willis. It was recently exhibited in the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.
 
This quilt starts with a pre-printed panel in the middle. The panel depicts an ageless symbol of a mother’s love.

Michelle Willis

Michelle accented the panel with luscious blues and browns to create a beautiful wallhanging that measures 38 x 58 inches. The quilt was pieced and quilted by Michelle.
 
Wonder what this mother is whispering in her child’s ear? Do you remember your mother’s whisper even now?

My Point of View

My Point of View by Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the January 24, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called My Point of View. It was created by Nina Moore.
 
Each year the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, the Intown Quilt Guild and the Phoenix Quilt Guild, all guilds in the Atlanta area,  issue a challenge, then meet together in January to view the results of the challenge. This year the Sewjourners Quilt Guild participated, making it a four-guild challenge. The challenge this year was to make an original quilt reflecting the seasons. My Point of View won the challenge.
 

Nina Moore

Nina, who has a lake outside her back door, attempted to capture the view from her home as the seasons change. Each of the four blocks in the quilt represents one of the seasons. The changes are evident most notably by the leaves on the trees.
 
Congratulations to Nina and all of the quilters who participated in the four-guild challenge!

Quilters Wanted For African Symbols Book

Quilt by Myrah Brown Green

Quilt Artist Myrah Brown Green is  completing a book entitled The Presence of African Symbols in North American Quilts. Before finishing the project, she is interviewing quiltmakers who use African symbolism in their quilts.

According to Myrah, “the symbols can be anything from masks, fabrics and cowrie shells to narrative African panels, piecing techniques etc., all indigenous to Africa. Your use of the African symbols can come from a personal connection to them; no matter what your lineage. Your interest in the African symbol may also be strictly because you like the way that they look.”

If interested in participating, please email  Myrah at mquilt56@aol.com,  and she will email you the interview questions. The  answers are due back to her  by February 12th. Meanwhile, take a look at her web site.

Christmas Presents Tree

Christmas Presents Tree by Vanessa Brown

This week we are truly hoping you found that special gift under your Christmas tree, and that you were able to give someone else that special gift.
 
The featured quilt of the week in the December 27, 2009, edition of the Clara Ford Foundation Start Your Week With a Quilt© newsletter was Christmas Presents Tree.  It was created by Vanessa Brown.

Vanessa Brown

Vanessa created this very special Christmas tree by stacking various Christmas fabrics to form the shape of a tree. The tree is showcased against a cream background and bordered by beautiful poinsettia fabric.

Christmas Presents Tree measures 24 x 24 inches. It was  part of the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.
 
The traditional festive colors of red, green and white truly make this quilt a holiday delight. 

Christmas at Home

Christmas at Home by Janice Daniel. Photo by India Brantley.

Janice Daniel created a free hand design that resulted in Christmas at Home. The quilt is a pieced and appliqued Christmas tree. Janice included satin stitching and embellishments to add pazazz to this  33 x 36 inch quilt.

Christmas at Home was featured in the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.  It is currently on display at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multi-Purpose Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs, Atlanta as part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts.

Janice Daniel

Like a Little Bling in Your Christmas Quilt?

Christmas in July, by Marva Swanson, 2008.

Crystals have been all the rage for the last few years in the quilting world. It is no surprise that they would end up in Christmas quilts.

Christmas in July, created by Marva Swanson, will appeal to all of those who like a little bling in their quilts.  The picture does not do justice to this quilt because there are  hundreds of red crystals adorn this quilt. It is quite striking when you see it in person.

This quilt is currently part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts at the Helene S. Mills Senior Mult-Purpose Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs  Drive, Atlanta.

Holidays Are Special at the Clara Ford Foundation

Christmas Traditions, 73 x 83 inches, by O.V. Brantley 2007.

The holiday season is a special time at the Clara Ford Foundation.  There are many reasons for us to celebrate this time of the year, but as founder of the Clara Ford Foundation, I do it because I just absolutely love Christmas.

O.V. Brantley

There are other reasons to celebrate though. Clara Ford’s birthday is December 12. My birthday is January 1. There is food, friends and music everywhere, and the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts is underway at Fulton Senior Centers.

What does this mean for you? I will be showing you lots of holiday quilts this month.

Enjoy!

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.

Pray For Peace

 
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Pray for Peace, by Evelyn Holmes, Atlanta, GA

This beautiful quilt was created by Evelyn Holmes of Atlanta, GA. It is a moving tribute to the men and women who serve in the armed services.

Evelyn Holmes

Evelyn Holmes

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