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.

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