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.

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