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.




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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