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.

My Favorite Things

Peggy Martin

Peggy Martin

 My Favorite Things,  was featured in the June 28, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsleter, and it was created by Peggy Martin.

Peggy says she wanted a quilt that incorporated some of her favorite things. She enjoys going to festivals more than anything, so she gathered up t-shirts she had collected from various festivals and put them in a quilt. Because many of the festivals were in other places such as Cincinnati and Harlem, the quilt is also a wonderful documentary of her travels.

T-shirt quilts are very easy to make. Just gather up your favorite shirts. Iron interfacing on the back to stiffen them a bit and sew them to fabric in an arrangement that pleases you. Voila!

You will be able to see My Favorite Things up close and share some of Peggy’s memories at the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show August 1-7, 2009 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park.

My Favorite Things by Peggy Martin

My Favorite Things by Peggy Martin

CFF Collaborates with Hammonds House on Lecture Series

CFF Final LogoThe Clara Ford Foundation will collaborate with the Hammonds House Museum on the creation of a quilt lecture series. The series is made possible by a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The inaugural lecture in the series will be presented by renowned quilt artist and author Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi on August 1, 2009 in Atlanta. Details will be announced later.

The second lecture in the series will be presented on August 8, 2009 by Holly Anderson, Georgia’s only certified  quilt appraiser. This lecture will be held at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta.

Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom by Nina Moore

Pearls of Wisdom by Nina Moore

 Pearls of Wisdom, created by Nina Moore, was featured in the Start Your Week with a Quilt© newsletter June 14, 2009.

Nina Moore

Nina Moore

This quilt grew out of a challenge that required the quilter to use the color of her birthstone in a quilt. Nina’s birthstone is pearl, and she has scattered them throughout the bottom of her sea. Nina makes most of her quilts without patterns and just allows  her creativity to guide her. The result is always stunning.

Doesn’t this quilt make you want to put on your scuba gear?

Periodot Sunflower in a World of Its Own

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell has a flair for naming her quilts, and the March 15, 2009, featured quilt of the week in the Start Your Week With A Quilt newsletter is no exception. She has named it Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise.

This quilt was made in a class taught by Maxine Moore.  The purpose of the class was to learn a new technique called “piece-liqué.” The technique, created by renowned quilter Sharon Schamber, is a way to make a curved appliqué  quilt by piecing it on a sewing machine. 

When asked how did she come up with the name of the quilt Roz says, “the green is peridot, my August birthstone. It looks like it is floating in space on the black batik background –hence the Starship Enterprise.”

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell

Then she adds slyly,  “Maybe Lieutenant Worf gave it to me!!”

For Startrek fans, Roz always had a crush on Lieutenant Worf. He is her kind of specimen. For those who don’t have a clue about Startrek, I can’t explain it here. Just enjoy the quilt!

Queen

Queen by Charlotte Lindsey

Queen by Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte Lindsey, the featured quilter in the January 4, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter, loves to create strong, beautiful black women. This is her latest, and it is simply called Queen.

Since we can only see her head, we can only imagine what she is queen of or where her kingdom is, but a queen she definitely is. Note the regal tilt of her chin — head high and proud. Her beautifully coifed hair definitely denotes royalty, and she, as well as her surroundings, are beautifully bejeweled.

She appears to be deep in thought. I wonder what royal thoughts she might be thinking.

Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte Lindsey

Big Boodee Trudee

Big Boodee Trudee by Myla Chapman

Big Boodee Trudee by Myla Chapman

I am proud to introduce you to Big Boodee Trudee, who was featured in the August 31, 2008, edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. This gorgeous quilt gets its name from the diva in the middle of the quilt, of course, and she was created by Myla Chapman

Big Boodee Trudee was Myla’s answer to a guild challenge to use Michael Miller’s “Lava Lamp Soul Sisters” fabric. Remember, the whole point of a challenge is to find the most difficult fabric imaginable, and then see how creative the quilter can be.

 Myla says,  “The fabric just seemed to call for a circular quilt.  I used the color wheel to choose the fabrics used for the flowers and circles and designed them based on the flowery type curves in the fabric.  I used a pencil compass with a ruler to make the master and smaller circles patterns and appliqued them on by machine using metallic thread and a satin stitch.  I also appliqued the flowers and circles by machine, but with rayon thread and a zig-zag stitch.  I sewed on beads because the quilt still seemed to need something.”  

Myla Chapman

Myla Chapman

But where does this quilt get its name, you ask? The name Big Boodee Trudee came from the office desk nameplate of the black female cop character on the 1980’s television show Miami Vice.   

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