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.



Blazin' by Cathy Johnson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

When describing the month of October, Anne Mary Lawler wrote:
“The fields are harvested and bare,
And Winter whistles through the square.
October dresses in flame and gold
Like a woman afraid of growing old.”
In keeping with such a poetic description of October, the October 4, 2009 featured quilt  in the Start Your Week With a Quilt©  newsletter was Blazin’. It was created by Cathy Johnson.

Cathy Johnson

Cathy Johnson

This 38 x 55 inch bargello quilt was made from a  pattern called ribbons in motion in a class taught by Jeanette Walton. Cathy pieced the quilt, and Maxine Moore machine quilted it.

The key to a successful bargello quilt is the fabric choices. Here, Cathy’s choice of vibrant oranges and lush greens on a brown background make this a beautiful October quilt.
Blazin’ is currently on loan to the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Facility, located at 2885 Church Street, East Point, GA.

Football Fantasy

Cathy Johnson

Cathy Johnson

One of the quilts that the Brown Sugar Stitchers will deliver to residents of the Carrie Steele Pitts Orphanage this Saturday was featured in the November 9, 2008 edition of Start Your Week With a Quilt. It  is called Football Fantasy, and it was made by Cathy Johnson.

Cathy makes it possible for the young man who receives this quilt to dream in vivid color. The footballs in this quilt are bright orange, blue and yellow. Offset by bright sashing, the footballs are featured as a square within a square and also appear as part of the sashing. Footballs everywhere!

Curled up under this quilt, who couldn’t see themselves rushing for a touchdown in front of 70,000 adoring fans!

Football Fantasy by Cathy Johnson

Football Fantasy by Cathy Johnson

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