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.

Christmas in July

Christmas in July by Marva Swanson

The featured quilt of the week in the December 26, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Christmas in July.  It was created by Marva Swanson.

Marva Swanson

Unfortunately, this is another quilt where the picture does not do it justice. This quilt, made of Christmas holly, has thousands of red crystals that make the holly come alive. Since we will ring in a new year in a few days, this quilt will add lots of sparkly fireworks to your celebration.
 
Embellishments such as crystals are another step on the quilting journey. I am sure your grandmother never put crystals in her quilt, but modern quilters continue to embrace the quilt as art.
 
To see  Christmas in July  in person, visit the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Facility in East Point, Georgia. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts.

All That Glitters is Not Gold

All That Glitters is Not Gold by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the December 19, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called All That Glitters is Not Gold. It was created by Bessie Barnett.

Bessie Barnett

This quilt features many symbols of the season including stockings, Christmas trees ornaments and reindeer. What the picture does not show very well is that most of the fabrics have a gold metallic overlay. In person, this quilt glitters!

Bessie often includes proverbs in her quilting that leave us with a piece of wisdom in addition to the beauty of the quilt.  All That Glitters is Not Gold is no exception. This well known message is a great reminder that we should not get caught  up in the glitz of the season. Instead, appreciate what matters — friends, family and making others happy.

Santa Baby

Santa Baby by Rosalind Newell

It may be a little late to change your ways if you haven’t been good all year, but it is worth a try. The young lady in this quilt thinks she can convince Santa she has been good.

This cute Christmas quilt called Santa Baby  is by Rosalind Newell.

Christmas Present Tree

Christmas Presents Tree by Vanessa Brown

The featured quilt of the week in the December 12, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is  called Christmas Present Tree. It was created by Vanessa Brown.

Vanessa Brown

Are your worried about what is under your Christmas tree. No worries! This clever quilt features Christmas presents stacked to form a Christmas tree. Each present is wrapped in colorful Christmas fabrics. The tree is framed by a poinsettia border.

This quilt along with other quilts part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts can be seen at the Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center in East Point, GA.

Enjoy!

Christmas Cheater

Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

The featured quilt of the week in the December 5, 2010 edition of the  Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is technically called Merry Christmas, but I have secretly named it Christmas Cheater. It was created by Laura Sorton. 

Laura Sorton

Laura calls this quilt a cheater quilt because it was made from a preprinted panel. These type of quilts are usually not up to Laura’s standards, but when I told her I needed a Christmas quilt from all of my friends to hang in a senior center, she had no choice. (Laura made a quilt that has a pieced back that has over 2000 pieces, so you get my drift).

Personally, to me the quilt is no less beautiful because it started with a pre-printed panel. Most people would not know unless you told them anyway. So even though you know the secret of this quilt, I hope it helps to get you in a happy holiday spirit. And for you quilters out there who wanted to give someone special a quilt but thought you did not have the time, here’s your answer. Cheater quilts are loved as much as blue ribbon quilts!

Christmas at Home

Christmas at Home by Janice Daniel. Photo by India Brantley.

Janice Daniel created a free hand design that resulted in Christmas at Home. The quilt is a pieced and appliqued Christmas tree. Janice included satin stitching and embellishments to add pazazz to this  33 x 36 inch quilt.

Christmas at Home was featured in the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.  It is currently on display at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multi-Purpose Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs, Atlanta as part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts.

Janice Daniel

Gifts of the Christmas Spirit

Gifts of the Christmas Spirit by Rosalind Newell

We are all hoping to find that special gift under the Christmas tree, but the featured quilt in the December 20, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas.  Gifts of the Christmas Spirit was created by Rosalind Newell. 
 

Rosalind Newell

This quilt, which measures 43 x 33 inches, consists of nine blocks of beautifully wrapped packages. On each gift, Rosalind has embroidered a word that reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas. Words on the packages include, love, joy, faithfulness and peace. The sashing between the gifts creates a secondary star pattern. 
 

This would be a great quilt to cuddle up under if you do not receive that longed for gift under the tree. Always remember the reason for the season.

Woven Christmas Ribbons

Woven Christmas Ribbons by Nina Moore

I am sure you are putting the finishing touches on your Christmas gifts. Remember, presentation is everything.

Nina Moore

Shown here is Nina Moore’s version of Woven Christmas Ribbons. It is currently on display at the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center, 2885 Church Street, East Point, GA as part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts.

Christmas Joy

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

 Christmas Joy was the featured quilt of the week in the December 13, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Elisa Woods. This quilt reminds us of  the appropriate Christmas spirit by combining Christmas trees with Bible verses.
 
The quilt consists of four Christmas tree blocks on white or cream backgrounds accented by red sashing. Each tree is made unique  by the choice of different fabrics and embellishments.

Elisa Woods

Quotes from the Book of Psalms are  pieced into the quilt. The quotes draw you in and force you to examine the quilt closer.
 
Besides being a pretty quilt, I am sure this quilt brings great comfort to those who have lost loved ones during the year. It is a beautiful reminder to find joy in the midst of sorrow.

Like a Little Bling in Your Christmas Quilt?

Christmas in July, by Marva Swanson, 2008.

Crystals have been all the rage for the last few years in the quilting world. It is no surprise that they would end up in Christmas quilts.

Christmas in July, created by Marva Swanson, will appeal to all of those who like a little bling in their quilts.  The picture does not do justice to this quilt because there are  hundreds of red crystals adorn this quilt. It is quite striking when you see it in person.

This quilt is currently part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts at the Helene S. Mills Senior Mult-Purpose Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs  Drive, Atlanta.

There is Still Time to Make a Quilt for Christmas

Christmas Wreath by Laura Sorton

If you want to give someone a quilt for Christmas, all is not lost. You can make what quilter  Laura Sorton calls a cheater quilt. Her version is shown here.

A cheater quilt is one that is made from a pre-printed panel. There are many panels available this time of year.

Take a trip to your favorite quilt shop. Pick up a panel, sandwich it, quilt it and voila! You have a quilt.

Remember, when you give a gift, it is the though that counts. The recipient is rarely expecting a masterpiece, and will treasure any quilt.

Laura Sorton

Dancing Poinsettias

Dancing Poinsettias, 45 x 45 inches by Rosalind Newell, 2008. Photo by India Brantley

You should have your home decorated for the holidays by now, but if not, here’s a quilt to get you started. It is called Dancing Poinsettias and was created by Rosalind Newell.

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind appliquéd the poinsettias by hand using the needle turn method. The machine quilting was done by Janna Bigelow. It is currently on display at the Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center as part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts. The Bowden Center is located at  2885 Church Street, East Point, GA.

Now run out and buy some poinsettias.

Holidays Are Special at the Clara Ford Foundation

Christmas Traditions, 73 x 83 inches, by O.V. Brantley 2007.

The holiday season is a special time at the Clara Ford Foundation.  There are many reasons for us to celebrate this time of the year, but as founder of the Clara Ford Foundation, I do it because I just absolutely love Christmas.

O.V. Brantley

There are other reasons to celebrate though. Clara Ford’s birthday is December 12. My birthday is January 1. There is food, friends and music everywhere, and the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts is underway at Fulton Senior Centers.

What does this mean for you? I will be showing you lots of holiday quilts this month.

Enjoy!

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