Miss Suzy Q

Miss Suzy Q by Bessie Barnett

Bessie Barnett

Are you ready for April showers? The girls in this quilt are. They are stylishly dressed in their rain boots and coordinating umbrellas.

This quilt is called Miss Suzy Q, and it was created by Bessie Barnett.

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

All That Glitters is Not Gold by Bessie Barnett

Bessie Barnett

Enjoy this beautiful quilt from Bessie Barnett. It is called All That Glitters is Not Gold.

Choose wisely.

Shop Until You Drop!

Fashionable Feathered Friends, by Bessie Barnett

Bessie Barnett

We love showing Bessie Barnett’s quilt Fashionable Feathered Friends on Black Friday. These ladies definitely plan to shop until they drop

It’s Raining Violets

It's Raining Violets by Bessie Barnett. Photo credit India Brantley

Rainy weather in Atlanta this week could not put a damper on this quilt. According to Bessie Barnett, It’s Raining Violets.

Bessie created this 24 x 24 inch quilt by starting with an embroidered center square. The square is surrounded by nine patches, triangles and plain squares.

Bessie Barnett

This quilt was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

Quilt Show at Georgia Capitol

A Mountain of Brown Sugar by Bessie Barnett, Maxine Moore and Rosalind Newell

The Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum is holding its first quit show on Monday, January 31, 2011 under the Gold Dome at the Georgia State Capitol Building, 214 State Capitol, Atlanta 30334. This is a one day show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. There are 46 quilts in the exhibit representing all parts of Georgia.

A Mountain of Brown Sugar (shown above) will be among the quilts in the show. It was contributed by the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild and was made by quilters Bessie Barnett, Maxine Moore and Rosalind Newell. All of the quilts will be auctioned after the exhibit, and the proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum.

Visit the Georgia Quilt Council for more info.

All That Glitters is Not Gold

All That Glitters is Not Gold by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the December 19, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called All That Glitters is Not Gold. It was created by Bessie Barnett.

Bessie Barnett

This quilt features many symbols of the season including stockings, Christmas trees ornaments and reindeer. What the picture does not show very well is that most of the fabrics have a gold metallic overlay. In person, this quilt glitters!

Bessie often includes proverbs in her quilting that leave us with a piece of wisdom in addition to the beauty of the quilt.  All That Glitters is Not Gold is no exception. This well known message is a great reminder that we should not get caught  up in the glitz of the season. Instead, appreciate what matters — friends, family and making others happy.

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!

Victoria’s Stilettos

Victoria's Stilettos by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the September 5, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Victoria’s Stilettos, and it was created by Bessie Barnett.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. It made  all who saw it want to plan a special night out on the town.   starts with a panel of stiletto blocks in the center of the quilt. Each shoe block is whimsically embellished to make each block unique. Everyone who knows Bessie knows that orange is her favorite color; so the shoes are bordered with an orange and yellow pieced border. The quilt is then  finished with a bright orange border.

Bessie Barnett

When Bessie was making this quilt, her granddaughter Victoria claimed this quilt as her own. That is where the quilt gets its name.
 
I am planning my night out. What about you?

Hearts and Houses

Hearts and Houses by Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt of the week in the June 20, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  honors Ms. Ollivette Allison, an extraordinary woman who passed away recently. Before joining her fellow angels in heaven, she left an indelible mark on this world. For over 59 years, she worked at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home, becoming its executive director in 1976. During that time she personally touched and impacted the lives of over 6000 children.

Soon after its formation, the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild adopted the Carrie Steele Pitts Home and its children as its primary service project, thanks to member Rosalind Newell. Each year, the guild made quilts for the children so that they would have something special to call their own.The joy of making the quilts for the children and the gratitude of the children receiving them became a remarkable partnership over the years.

Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt is called Hearts and Houses. It was a group project organized by Rosalind to help raise funds for the Carrie Steele Pitts Home. It did indeed bring a substantial price for the home. Other quilters who helped Rosalind make this extraordinary quilt are Maxine Moore, Bessie Barnett, Cathy Johnson, Marva Swanson, Nina  Moore and O.V. Brantley.

Hearts and Houses is truly a special quilt — not because it is beautiful, but because of what it did to help others.

A Gusty Day

A Gusty Day by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the March 7, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is  my all time favorite quilt for the month of March. The quilt is called A Gusty Day,  and it was created by Bessie Barnett. 

Bessie Barnett

Winter just seems like it doesn’t want to let go of Atlanta this year. We had snow of all things last week! Bessie’s quilt captures the essence of a March day with her beautiful applique of a woman taking a walk on a windy day.
 
We know Mother Nature will work her March Magic soon, and the cold weather will magically disappear. Warm sunshine and beautiful flowers are just around the corner.

Quilts at Allen Temple Church Sunday

I Believe in Angels #7, by O.V. Brantley. For sale at ovbrant.etsy.com.

The Clara Ford Foundation is sponsoring a small exhibit of quilts at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Atlanta  Sunday, Februaruy 21, 2010.

The exhibit  is part the church’s Black History Celebration. The quilts will be available for viewing in the fellowship hall after the morning service.

Quilts by Bessie Barnett,  O.V. Brantley, Aleathia Chisolm, Janice Daniel, and  Elisa Woods will be on display.

These Girls are Ready For Some Serious Shopping

Fashionable Feathered Friends, by Bessie Barnett

These girls are ready for some serious shopping. They survived Thanksgiving so they are headed to the mall, but only after they get their nails done!

Bessie Barnett

Fashionable Feathered Friends was created by Atlanta quilter Bessie Barnett.

East Cobb Quilt Show Features African American Quilters

The bi-annual East Cobb Quilt Show will feature more African American quilters than ever before when it opens this weekend. While a comprehensive list of African American quilters has not been published, sources reveal that Maxine Moore, Marva Swanson, Clemetene Cosby, Gwen Proctor Johnson, Caroline Williams, Aisha Lumumba and Bessie Barnett all made the cut of the juried show. Bessie’s entry shown here is called A Gusty Day.

The show will feature over 400 quilts in the Cobb County Civic Center. Show hours are September 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. September 16. Admissison is $8.00. For more information, visit the guild’s web site.
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