Aisha Lumumba Headlines 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba, Winner of Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba, Winner of Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba will be the featured quilter for the  Clara Ford Foundation Quilt Lecture Series  which is held annually during the Atlanta Quilt Festival. Ms. Lumumba is renowned for her amazing portrait quilts that often feature famous African Americans. She has also authored several books.

Ms. Lumumba will be the fifth quilt artist featured in the Quilt Lecture Series. Carolyn L. Mazloomi was featured in 2009. Judy Tipton Rush was featured in 2010. Juanita Yeager was featured in 2011,  and Maria Elkins was featured in 2012.

Ms. Lumumba will lecture and show her quilts at 3 p.m. on August 3, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center Theater. Admission is $10.00 at the door. Arrive early to view the quilt exhibit and enjoy a wine and cheese reception. Earlier in the day, she will teach a master classes to local quilters.

The festival exhibit opens July 28, 2013 and runs through August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Don’t Miss Maria Elkins’ Lecture and Trunk Show Saturday

Windblown by Maria Elkins

Maria Elkins is the guest lecturer for the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Maria is well known for her portrait quilts which have won national prizes.

Maria Elkins

Her lecture and trunk show will take place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center. Come early and view the free quilt exhibit that showcases over 50 quilts. A reception will follow Maria’s lecture.

The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Visit Maria’s web site to learn more about her and to see her amazing quilts. Her web site is

You will not want to miss this exceptional opportunity to meet Maria and see her amazing quilts up close and personal.

Will You Help Us With Our 2010 Quilting Goals?

Clara's Big Red Squares by Clara Ford, circa 1960.

The Clara Ford Foundation is dedicated to preserving and celebrating African American quilting. Our goal this year is to celebrate each and every quilt made by an African American that is in a quilt show or exhibit,  and to celebrate every African American quilt that is sold.

We all want to be valued, and African American quilts are no exception. Our quilts have great value!  What I see at my guild meeting is at least as beautiful as what I see at national shows, but for some reason, those bold and beautiful quilts don’t make it into the shows. We, as African Americans, seem to think our quilts are not worthy.

Our success at the Clara Ford Foundation depends on you. If you have a quilt in a show, let us know. If you sell a quilt, let us know. We will do our part by publishing as many Call For Entries as we can find, and by continuing to showcase as many of your beautiful quilts as we can. You can also look forward to another day of quilt appraising at Hammonds House Museum and a continuation of the Clara Ford Quilt Lecture series.

Happy New Year!

Hammonds House Museum Holds Fundraiser

harlem renaissanceHammonds House Museum has been a true partner to the African-American quilting community in Atlanta. It co-sponsors the Clara Ford  Quilt Lecture series with the Clara Ford Foundation, and it has featured quilts in its gallery.

The museum will hold its annual fundraiser at 8:00 p.m.  Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA. The fundraiser has a Harlem Renaissance theme and will include a theatrical performance, food, auction  and music.

Visit to purchase tickets. If you cannot make the gala, consider purchasing a membership.

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.

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