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.

Uncommon Legacy

Uncommon Legacy by O.V. Brantley

Uncommon Legacy  by O.V. Brantley  is currently on loan to the H.J.C. Bowden Multi-Purpose Senior Center in East Point, GA. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation’s program of sharing quilts with seniors.

O.V. Brantley

For those who enjoy traditional quilts, this quilt is an example of needle turn hand appliqué.

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall by Jeanette Walton, 2009.

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall  by Jeanette Walton  is currently on loan to the H.J.C. Bowden Multi-Purpose Senior Center in East Point, GA. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation’s program of sharing quilts with seniors.

Jeanette Walton

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall is sure to get  the seniors at the Center in a leaf watching mood.

My African Village On Loan to Bowden Senior Center

My African Village by Maxine Moore

My African Village by Maxine Moore is currently on loan to the H.J.C. Bowden Multi-Purpose Senior Center in East Point, GA. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation’s program of sharing quilts with seniors.

Maxine Moore

My African Village was exhibited at the 2007 East Cobb Quilt Show held at the East Cobb Civic Center. This quilt is a crowd-pleaser and is sure to brighten the day of the seniors at the Center.

Big Mama’s Legacy Tour of Quilts Underway

Hut Hut by Janice Daniel.

The 2010 edition of the Big Mama’s Legacy Tour of Quilts is underway. Unique and inspiring quilts by African American quilters are on display at selected Fulton County Senior Centers.

The centers are the Helene S. Mills Senior Multi-Purpose Facility, 515 John Wesley Dobbs Drive, Atlanta, GA,  the H. J. C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Facility, 2885 Church Street, East Point, GA and the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multi-Purpose Facility, 677 Fairburn Road, Atlanta, GA.

A new addition to the tour this year will be a stop at the Allen Temple AME Church in Atlanta on February 21, 2010.

Hut Hut by Janice Daniel, the quilt shown here, is part of the Darnell Center exhibit.

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.

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!

Blazin’

 

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.

Public Service Quilt Exhibit Opens September 25

A Gallery of Quilts: Celebrating Excellence in Public Service through the Art of Quilting opens September 25, 2009 at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA.  The exhibit features 16 quilts that explore the theme of  public service. All of the quilts were created by seniors at the Fulton County Senior Centers.

Hats Across America by H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility Quilters, 2009.

Hats Across America by H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility Quilters, 2009.

The exhibit was judged by a distinguished panel of judges. First Place was awarded to Hats Across Americaby H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility Quilters. Second Place was awarded to Honoring Our Servicemenby H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility Quilters, and Third Place was awarded to Underground by Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility Quilters.

Honorable Mentions went to Rescue Me by the New Beginnings Neighborhood Senior Center, Log Cabin In Red, White and Blue by the Palmetto Neighborhood Senior Center and On My Honor by the Palmetto Neighborhood Senior Center. The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild was also recognized for its financial support to the project.

The quilts will be on display and open to the public from September 25th through September 30th. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday.  For directions or further information please call the National Archives at 770-968-2100.

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