Happy President’s Day!

Dream the Impossible Dream by Latifah Shakir

It seems no matter what the celebration, quilters capture it in quilts. Latifah Shakir captured her admiration for President Barack Obama in her quilt called Dream the Impossible Dream. Her quilt is heavily embellished with buttons, shells, beads, ribbons and re-cycled materials.

Latifah Shakir

Latiifah made her quilt during President Obama’s election campaign. She says she, “experienced excitement, frustration, highs and lows during the election of 2008; however, it was worth it. The making of this quilt will live with me forever.”

Dream the Impossible Dream is included in the book Journey of Hope by Carolyn Mazloomi. Pick up a copy to read more about this remarkable quilt.

Juanita Yeager Will Headline 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Poppy quilt by Juanita Yeager

Juanita Yeager

The Clara Ford Foundation announced today that Juanita Yeager will be the featured quilter for 2011 Clara Ford Foundation Quilt Lecture Series. She is renowned for her amazing flower quilts.

Ms. Yeager will be the third quilt artist featured in the Quilt Lecture Series. Carolyn L. Mazloomi was featured in 2009, and Judy Tipton Rush was featured in 2010.

Ms. Yeager will teach two master classes to local quilters during the festival on August 6 and 7, 2011. The festival opens July 31, 2011 and runs through August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Dream the Impossible Dream

Dream the Impossible Dream by Latifah Shakir

In honor of President’s Day, the featured quilt of the week in the September 20, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Dream the Impossible Dream. It was created by Latifah Shakir to commemorate the candidacy and presidency of President Barack Obama.  
 
Although Latifah has dabbled in  other creative endeavors, Dream the Impossible Dream was her first quilt. Like so many others –quilters and non-quilters– Latifah was very moved by the candidacy of President Barack Obama and felt she just had to make this quilt. 

Latifah Shakir

To create her 64 x 60 inch abstract composition, Latifah used red, white and blue recycled materials and added lots of embellishments. She says the decorative threads and yarn represent the many roads President Obama traveled, and the buttons represent the crowds of people who came to see him.
 
Latifah says, “I experienced excitement, frustration, highs and lows during the election of 2008; however, it was worth it. The making of this quilt will live with me forever.”

Our President Honored With Quilts

Quilters like most Americans were very moved by the candidacy of President Barack Obama. Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi captured many of the quilts that honor the president in her book called Journey of Hope–Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama.

It is available on amazon.com and should be a part of every quilter’s library.

Mazloomi Obama Quilt Book Due in April

Carolyn Mazloomi

Carolyn Mazloomi’s new book Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama is due out in April, 2010. You can pre-order it on Amazon  for $16.49.

This is sure to be a book every quilter and non-quilter will want in her library.

Successful Lecture Series Launched

Holly Anderson and Carolyn Mazloomi

Holly Anderson and Carolyn Mazloomi

The Clara Ford Foundation, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, launched the Clara Ford Quilt Lecture series recently. The inaugural lecture was presented August 1 and 2, 2009 by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi in conjunction with the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.  The second lecture was presented by Quilt Appraiser Holly Anderson August 8, 2009. Both lectures were inspiring, educational and entertaining.

Check this web site frequently for notice of future lectures.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show Continues Through August 7

Ra by Jeanette Walton

Ra by Jeanette Walton

The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show opened to rave reviews Saturday. There were large appreciative crowds for both the quilts and the lecture presented by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. The quilts will remain on display through Friday, August 7, 2009 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645  Butner Road, College Park, GA. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is free.

One of the most stunning quilts in the show was featured in the August 2, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt© newsletter.  It is called Ra, and it was created by Jeanette Walton.
 
Ra is the ancient Egyptian Sun God.  As Jeanette explains it, “For the Egyptians, the sun represented light, warmth, and growth. These beliefs made sun deities very important to the Egyptians, and the sun came to be the ruler of all.”
 

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

The pattern for this quilt is called a circle bargello, and it comes from a book entitled Quilts Without Corners by Cheryl Phillips. The exquisite machine quilting was done by Melinda Fulkerson.
 
Everyone at the show agreed that this is definitely a sunshine quilt. Add some sunshine to your life by going to see this quilt in person before the show ends Friday. The show is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Mazloomi Discusses New Obama Book Sunday

From Kenya to Kansas,  by Denise Campbell

From Kenya to Kansas, by Denise Campbell

When Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi lectures at the Hammonds House Museum this Sunday at 2 p.m., one of the things she will share are insights about her new book of quilts. The new book, entitled The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama, celebrates the election of President Barack Obama. Several of the quilts that will be featured in the book will  be available for viewing, including  From Kenya to Kansas by Denise Campbell shown above.

Tickets are still available for the Sunday lecture. Email Hammonds House at quilts@hammondshouse.org for a ticket. Tickets are $10.00. A reception and book signing follows the lecture.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Want This Quilt to Go Home With You

Brown Sugar Stitchers Raffle Quilt, by Vickie Clark, 2009.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Raffle Quilt, by Vickie Clark, 2009.

The Brown Sugar Stitchers bi-annual Quilt Show is August 1 -7, 2009 and the quilt shown above will be raffled off as part of the festivities. The raffle will be held at the end of the opening reception at 6 p.m. August 1, 2009. Tickets for the raffle are just $1.00 each and can be purchased from any member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild or at the show.

In addition to the raffle, the quilt show will feature an exhibit  of over 140 quilts, over 35 dolls, a silent auction and demonstrations. An added attraction is a lecture, trunk show and book signing by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi.

Admission to the show is free. Admission to the Mazloomi lecture is $10.00. Tickets are available through Hammonds House Museum. Email quilts@hammondshouse.org to purchase your ticket or call 404-612-0500.

Everybody who is anybody in the quilting world and beyond will be there. You don’t want to miss this awesome show!

Mazloomi to Lecture in Atlanta August 1 and 2

Carolyn Mazloomi

Carolyn Mazloomi

Renowned quilt artist, historian, curator and author Carolyn Mazloomi will present two lectures in Atlanta as part of the Clara Ford Quilt Lecture Series. The first lecture, which is being presented in collaboration with the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild bi-annual quilt show is August 1, 2009. The lecture will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA at 2 p.m.

The second lecture will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 2 p.m. Hammonds House is located at 503 Peeples Street in Atlanta.

The lectures are made possible by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Hammonds House Museum and the Clara Ford Foundation. A book signing and reception will follow each lecture. Admission is $10.00 for each lecture.

Mazloomi is  among the most influential African American quilt historians in the United States. She has produced an awe inspiring body of work, much of it containing references to African American life and history, as well as harkening back to a shared African ancestry.

Widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, her quilts have been included in five exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Her artwork can be found in numerous important museums and corporate collections, such as the Wadsworth Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Museum of Design, Bell Telephone, the Cleveland Clinic, and Exxon.

She has appeared on television shows such as CBS Morning Show, Reading Rainbow, The Today Show, CNN, and has been the subject of several film documentaries. Dr. Mazloomi is one of six artist commissioned to create artwork for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum.

In 1985 she founded the Women of Color Quilters Network, an international organization with a membership of 1700, which has been a major force in fostering the fiberart works of African American people. Through  Mazloomi’s effort WCQN members have had their quilts presented in venues such as prominent museums and galleries, and in internationally traveled exhibitions.

Textural RhythmsShe is a frequent consultant for art exhibitions, authors, and historians. Beijing, China was the setting for an international quilt exhibition curated by Mazloomi as part of the United Nations Conference for Women held in 1995. This exhibition resulted in the publication of the book Star Quilts (Streelekha Press, Bangalore, India) which she co-edited. She is also author of the book Spirits of the Cloth (Random House) given the “Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year” award by the American Library Association. Her book, Threads of Faith, was published in 2004 by the Museum of Biblical Art. An exhibition, based on the book, toured the United States for two years. Her most recent publications, Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition and Quilting African American Women’s History were published in 2007.

In 2009 Mazloomi will publish The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama. The book will be accompanied by an exhibition which will open in Hokohoma, Japan in November, 2009.

In 2003  Mazloomi was awarded the first Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award. Ohio Heritage Fellows are among the state’s living cultural treasures. Fellows embody the highest level of artistic achievement in their work, and the highest level of service in the teaching and other work they do in their communities to ensure that their artistic traditions stay strong.

Spirits of the ClothMazloomi has been involved in the economic development of women through the arts for over twenty years. Her organization, WCQN, has been recognized by the International Labour Department in Geneva and the United Nations for its developmental programs to help advance women.

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.

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