Mae’s Garden

Mae's Garden by Elisa Woods

Plant nurseries were jam packed this weekend with people buying new plants for their yards and gardens. If you don’t have a green thumb but love plants, this week’s featured quilt is for you.

Elisa Woods

The featured quilt of the week is called Mae’s Garden by quilter Elisa Woods. The pattern is called Blooming Nine Patch. The pattern makes an amazing quilt so long as you choose your fabrics carefully.

You can see more of Elisa’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Meanwhile, this quilt should get you in a spring time mood.

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.

Maya’ s Heart in Bloom

Maya's Heart in Bloom, 41 x 51 inches by Elisa Woods, 2011

Elisa Woods

The summer flowers may be beginning to fade, but not in this quilt. Maya’s Heart in Bloom, which was created by Elisa Woods, will let you enjoy flowers all year long.

This quilt was made from the blooming nine patch pattern, and Elisa chose bright oranges and yellows to depict warmth and shining light.

This quilt was recently part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens July 29th.

Quilts at Allen Temple Church Sunday

I Believe in Angels #7, by O.V. Brantley. For sale at ovbrant.etsy.com.

The Clara Ford Foundation is sponsoring a small exhibit of quilts at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Atlanta  Sunday, Februaruy 21, 2010.

The exhibit  is part the church’s Black History Celebration. The quilts will be available for viewing in the fellowship hall after the morning service.

Quilts by Bessie Barnett,  O.V. Brantley, Aleathia Chisolm, Janice Daniel, and  Elisa Woods will be on display.

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.

Yes We Can!

Yes We Can!, by Elisa Woods, 2009.

Yes We Can!, by Elisa Woods, 2009.

This week the world paused to recognize the remarkable honor bestowed on President Barack Obama.  As the world knows by now, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. So the featured quilt in the October 11, 2009, Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  was an “Obama quilt” called Yes We Can! by Elisa Woods.
 
President Obama has inspired and moved many people around the world to take action. Quilters are no exception. 

Elisa Woods

Elisa Woods

Elisa says she was very inspired by the election and subsequent inauguration of President Obama. In fact, she attended the inauguration with her brother Marvell Collins who passed away shortly thereafter. With President Obama and her brother forever linked in her heart, Elisa has created a series of “Obama quilts” that are for sale.
 
Visit www.obamaquilt.com to see other quilts in the series and to purchase if you wish.

Be The Change

Be the Change by Elisa Woods

Be the Change by Elisa Woods

Like many other Americans, quilters have been influenced and inspired by the historic candidacy of Barack Obama. The  quilt  shown here was featured in the November 2, 2008 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Elisa Woods and is the first quilt in a series called Be the Change – The Obama Quilt Series.

Elisa Woods

Elisa Woods

“As an artist, I created a piece, though simple, visually represents Barrack Obama as a leader who can inspire people to effect change,” says Elisa.

Be the Change  is the first in a series of quilts using various Obama images along with a quote that evokes pause. Gandhi’s quote, “be the change you wish to see in the world” is written using green and red fabric paint. Elisa says she emphasized the phrase “change the world” because she believes it is up to us.

This 32 x 39 inch quilt is part of the Grounds Coffeehouse Exhibit and is offered for sale for $250.00. For information about Elisa’s quilts, contact her at quiltedmemories1@gmail.com.

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