Do You Want to See This Quilt in Person?

BB King by Lola Jenkins

Lola Jenkins and O.V. Brantley at Brown Sugar Stitchers Tea

There are only three days left to see the quilts in the Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. In addition to the juried quilt exhibit, several guest quilt artists have quilts in the exhibit. One of them is Lola Jenkins.

Ms. Jenkins is an exception quilt artist best know for her portraits. She was recently the featured speaker at the Brown Sugar Stitchers Annual Tea. While in town she left BB King (shown above) behind to share with Atlanta’s quilt-loving public.

If you want to see this quilt in person, visit the exhibit at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes at 4 p.m.

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.


Stargazer by Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt of the week in the November 21, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt is called Stargazer, and it was created by Rosalind Newell. To be precise, this is actually Stargazer #5 because each quilt Rosalind has  made for a child at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Children has been named Stargazer, and this year’s quilt  is the fifth special gift she has made. It was presented Saturday when the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild gathered at the home to present the quilts.

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind understands the importance of dreams, and this quilt imparts the message that no goal is unobtainable. She wants the young man who receives this quilt to know that the entire universe is his to capture. She used celestial fabrics to carry out her theme — stars, moons, suns and even an astronaut.

Rosalind says, “my wish is that every child know the warmth and safety of a loving home where he is given all of the tools to succeed in life. I pray that my quilt is just a part of that rewarding future.”

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

The featured quilt of the week in the October 31, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Tumbling in Space, and it was made by Marva Swanson. This striking quilt made its debut at the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show in 2009. Now, after being juried into the exhibit,  it is representing Atlanta at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas which opens Wednesday. Marva’s quilt will be featured in an exhibit entitled “In the American Tradition.”

Marva Swanson

This quilt creates an optical illusion by the color choices and the placement of the blocks. They appear to be tumbling in space. Marva added to the illusion of space theme by adding thousands of crystals on the black fabric that is the background of the quilt.

I know this quilt will wow all those who see it in Houston. Congratulations, Marva!

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams by Aleathia Chisolm

The featured quilt of the week in the October 24, 2010 edition of the  Start Your Week with a Quilt  newsletter is called Hoop Dreams, and it was made by Aleathia Chisolm just in time for the beginning of basketball season. Each year the members of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild take time out from their busy quilting schedules to make a special quilt for a child who resides at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Children. Hoop Dreams is part of that service project.

Aleathia Chisolm

Aleathia hopes the recipient of her gift is a basketball fan because she has chosen a basketball motif for her quilt. The focus fabric in the large squares shows players who are truly at the top of their games. The basketball border completes the basketball theme of the quilt.

There is no way to cuddle under this quilt without having Hoop Dreams. 

Jars of Plenty

Jars of Plenty by Vanessa Brown


The featured quilt of the week in the September 26, 2010 edition of the Start Your week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Jars of Plenty, and it was created by Vanessa Brown. This  small wallhanging needs no explanation. We are all familiar with canning — taking the excess from the harvest and putting it away for a rainy day. Like quilting, canning is no longer a lost art. It is enjoying a renaissance.  

Vanessa Brown

Obviously, Vanessa picked her fruits and vegetables when they were at their absolute peak. The colors are vibrant in a way that only nature can capture.
These jars are patiently waiting on a shelf until the day they are needed. Before they arrived on that shelf, they were seeds, sprouts, flowers, fruit on the vine, harvested and finally canned. After enduring all of that, these Jars of Plenty are beautiful and ready.

First President

First President by Laura Sorton

The featured quilt of the week in the Septeber 19, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called First President, and it was created by Laura Sorton. For several years  Laura  fretted about the fact that each president of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild had been presented with a quilt at the end of her term except one. Nancy Franklin, the co-founder and first president of the guild did not receive a quilt. When the guild celebrated its 10th anniversary recently, Laura decided the time was right to fix a longstanding injustice. Thus, First President was born.

Laura Sorton

 After making the quilt from a pattern that evoked historical overtones, Laura painstakingly signed the name of each member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild on the quilt. There are approximately 60 names on the quilt. To make the quilt even more of a special memory quilt for Nancy, Laura also embroidered the name of the guild and the occasion in the center block.

Quilts are most special when they tell a story. This quilt will continue to tell its story for centuries to come.

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