Get Ready to Celebrate the New Year

Christmas in July by Marva Swanson

Now that the excitement of Christmas is behind us, it is time to get ready to bring in the new year. Marva Swanson’s quilt called Christmas in July in just the thing to get us in a celebratory mood. Although the picture does not do it justice, there are thousands of red crystals making the holly on this quilt sparkle.

Marva Swanson

Make your plans now to bury the old and dull and welcome the new and sparkling things that make you glow like Marva’s quilt.

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.

Christmas Ribbons

Christmas Ribbons by Nina Moore

Nina Moore

This beautiful quilt is called Christmas Ribbons by Nina Moore. The weather across the country is great, so it’s going to be a great weekend for shopping and wrapping gifts.

Get it done!

Complicated Christmas Star

Complicated Christmas Star, 57 x 57 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at http://www.ovbrant.etsy.com

Life gets complicated right about now. Family on the way. House not clean. Christmas cards not mailed. Tree not up. Only two weeks left to get everything done!

Don’t panic. Breathe deeply and try to enjoy the journey.

O.V. Brantley

Complicated Christmas Star is a traditional quilt with a twist. The pattern is called labyrinth. The beautiful longarm quilting in a holly leaf pattern with variegated thread was done by Maxine Moore.

Christmas Joy

Christmas Joy, by Elisa Woods, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Elisa Woods

Hope you are getting into the holiday spirit by now. Here is a little quilt by Elisa Woods to help get you into the season. It is called Christmas Joy. 

The best way to have a joyful Christmas is to give to others. Why not add an unexpected person to your gift list this year? If you can’t think of anyone, don’t forget Toys For Tots and the Salvation Army.

You can see Christmas Joy in person at the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Facility, 2885 Church Street, East Point, GA. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts until the end of the year.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas aka Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

Laura Sorton

We love kicking off the holiday season with Laura Sorton’s quilt called Merry Christmas. Laura calls it a cheater quilt because the center of the quilt is a panel.

Whatever you want to call it, know that there is still time to whip up a quilt for someone special. There are lots of cute panels in the quilt stores. Add borders, quilt as desired, and voilá! You have a quilt.

Get busy!

You can see Laura’s Christmas Cheater in person at the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Facility, 2885 Church Street, East Point, GA. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts until the end of the year.

A Few of My Favorite Friends

A Few of My Favorite Friends, by Rosalind Newell, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

A Few of My Favorite Friends was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by Rosalind Newell, who was also the organizer of the group.

Rosalind Newell

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Aleathia Chisolm, Nina Moore and O.V. Brantley were the other quilters featured.

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