Maria Elkins will headline 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Windblown by Maria Elkins

The Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum has announced that Maria Elkins will headline the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Maria is well known for her award winning portrait quilts such as the one shown above.

Her lecture and trunk show will take place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Earlier in the day from 9 – 3 p.m., Maria will conduct a master quilter’s workshop for 20 participants. She will teach her “Drawn and Painted Portrait” workshop. The cost for this workshop is $65.00. Please email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net if interested. Act quickly because space is limited.

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

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

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

Forever Friends

Forever Friends, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. Photo by India Brantley

Forever Friends was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by O.V. Brantley.

O.V. Brantley

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 Rosalind Newell were the other quilters featured.

Marvtastic Memories! Appraised During Quilt Festival

Marvtastic Memories! by Dr. Joan Gaither

Dr. Joan Gaither is a prolific documentary quilter. Our history will not be forgotten as long as she has needle and thread.
The seventh quilt in Dr. Gaither’s My American Series  is called Marvtastic Memories! It was appraised yesterday at Hammonds House Museum by Holly Anderson during the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Those who were able to see this quilt in person were awe-struck by its size and its complexity.
Marvtastic Memories! documents the history of the National Black Theatre Festival which is held in Winston-Salem, NC bi-annually. Herman Jones, Director of Theatre South Atlanta,  is the keeper of the quilt. For more information, visit www.theatresouthatlanta.org.

Learn to Quilt Saturday

Nina Moore

Have you always wanted to learn to quilt? Saturday is your chance. Nina Moore will teach Beginning Quilting at Hammonds House Museum Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A sewing machine is required.

This class is free, but you must register. To register, contact Hammonds House Museum or email O.V. Brantley at ovbrant@gmail.com. Class size is limited, so sign up today.

This event is part of the activities of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The quilt exhibit will remain at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road until August 13, 2011.  Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. There is still time to go by and vote for your favorite quilt.

Do You Know How Much Your Quilt is Worth?

Holly Anderson

Holly Anderson, Georgia’s only certified quilt appraiser, will conduct quilt appraisals at Hammonds House Museum Saturday. Appraisals are by appointment, and the cost is $45.00 each. To make your appointment, email O.V. Brantley at ovbrant@gmail.com or contact Hammonds House Museum.

This event is part of the activities of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The quilt exhibit will remain at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road until August 13, 2011.  Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. There is still time to go by and vote for your favorite quilt.

Festival Attendee Wins Doll

Doll by Jocelyn Carter at 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Kelly Fleece was the lucky attendee at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival who won this adorable doll. She was created by dollmaker Jocelyn Carter.

The festival continues through August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center and Hammonds House Museum. The doll exhibit was curated by Cookie Patterson.

Victoria’s Stilettos

Victoria's Stilettos by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the September 5, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Victoria’s Stilettos, and it was created by Bessie Barnett.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. It made  all who saw it want to plan a special night out on the town.   starts with a panel of stiletto blocks in the center of the quilt. Each shoe block is whimsically embellished to make each block unique. Everyone who knows Bessie knows that orange is her favorite color; so the shoes are bordered with an orange and yellow pieced border. The quilt is then  finished with a bright orange border.

Bessie Barnett

When Bessie was making this quilt, her granddaughter Victoria claimed this quilt as her own. That is where the quilt gets its name.
 
I am planning my night out. What about you?

Wine and Words at Hammonds House Museum

O.V. Brntley, Marva Swanson, Irene Latham, Michelle Gipson and Myrna Anderson-Fuller

Last night  a capacity crowd enjoyed  meeting Irene Latham, author of Leaving Gees Bend at the Wine and Words event at Hammonds House Museum. The event was a collaboration between the Clara Ford Foundation, Hammonds House Museum and Written Magazine and part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival lineup of activities.

The audience gained insight into the author’s inspiration for the book and were spellbound by her powerful readings from the book and other historical documents. Ms. Latham spoke earlier in the day at the South Fulton Arts Center where the quilt exhibit is ongoing through August 13th.

Quilt Appraisals at Hammonds House

Holly Anderson
Holly Anderson, Georgia’s only certified quilt appraiser, will appraise quilts Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at Hammonds House Museum as part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival activities.  Hammonds House is located at 503 Peeples Street (West End), Atlanta, GA.
 
An appointment is required, and each quilt being appraised cost $40.00. During the appointment, Ms. Anderson examines the quilt, takes pictures, and sends the appraisal report to the quilt owner  in the mail  a few weeks later. She appraises both antique and modern quilts.  The $40 is paid  at the time of the appraisal.
 
If interested, please send an email to ovbrant@gmail.com,  or  contact Hammonds House directly at 404-612-0500. Ms. Anderson will appraise quilts  from  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each appraisal lasts 30 minutes.
 
Appraisal opportunities are rather rare, so if you have been thinking of getting a quilt appraised, now is the time.

Tall Grass at Atlanta Quilt Festival

Tall Grass by Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the July 25, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Tall Grass, and it was created by Nina Moore. This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, will be part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. The Atlanta Quilt Festival will be held August 1 -13 at the South Fulton Arts Center,  located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. 

Nina Moore

Nina says this quilt was inspired by  a painting she saw on a friend’s wall. She used applique techniques to interpret the painting on fabric. Then she embellished the quilt with beads and shells to bring the quilt alive.
 
In addition to exhibiting her beautiful work during the Atlanta Quilt Festival, Nina will also teach a Beginning Quilting class August 11, 2010. The class is free, but space is limited. Email ovbrant@gmail.com for more information or to sign up. You can start your quilting journey at the Atlanta Quilt Festival!

Clara Ford Foundation Seeks Entries For 2010 Quilt Festival

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks entries for its 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The quilts should interpret the theme A Legacy of Quilting — “Look What Big Mama Started!” Traditional and art quilts are welcome.

The 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA,  August 2 – August 13, 2010. It is being held in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum.

The deadline for entry is June 15, 2010. Details of the Call for Entries and the Entry  Form are  on the Clara Ford Foundation web site.

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!

Lillian Blades Exhibit at Hammonds House Museum

The art work of Lillian Blades is currently on display at the Hammonds House Museum. The exhibit called Eye Sea Reflections continues through January 31, 2010.

Blades is known for her public installations of her art including the one shown here called Quilted Passages. It is installed on Concourse E of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport.

Hammonds House Museum is located at 503 Peeples Street, Atlanta, GA 30310. Admission is free to members and $4.00 for non-members.

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 www.hammondshouse.org to purchase tickets. If you cannot make the gala, consider purchasing a membership.

Floods Are Another Reason to Get Your Quilts Appraised

Clara's Big Red Squares by Clara Ford

Clara's Big Red Squares by Clara Ford

The Clara Ford Foundation recently sponsored, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, a day of  quilt appraisals. Holly Anderson, Georgia’s only certified quilt appraiser,  was on hand to lecture and conduct a day of appraising.

One of the main points of discussion was why get a quilt appraised. Now we know. If you are one of the many people in the Atlanta area dealing with insurance companies after the flood, you realize how valuable an appraisal would be right about now. Our quilts are truly priceless and irreplaceable, but the next best thing is a fair price.

The Clara Ford Foundation will offer quilt  appraisals annually at Hammonds House Museum. Check this site often for news of  the next date.

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.

Mazloomi Discusses New Obama Book Sunday

From Kenya to Kansas,  by Denise Campbell

From Kenya to Kansas, by Denise Campbell

When Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi lectures at the Hammonds House Museum this Sunday at 2 p.m., one of the things she will share are insights about her new book of quilts. The new book, entitled The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama, celebrates the election of President Barack Obama. Several of the quilts that will be featured in the book will  be available for viewing, including  From Kenya to Kansas by Denise Campbell shown above.

Tickets are still available for the Sunday lecture. Email Hammonds House at quilts@hammondshouse.org for a ticket. Tickets are $10.00. A reception and book signing follows the lecture.

Holly Anderson Appraises Quilts August 8 at Hamonds House Museum

 

Holly Anderson

Holly Anderson

Holly Anderson,Georgia’s only APS certified quilt appraiser, will appraise quilts August 8, 2009, at Hammonds House Museum. Anderson is appearing at the museum as part of the Clara Ford Quilt Lecture series.

Anderson will present a free lecture entitled 200 Years of Quilts and Counting. The lecture will be followed by a continental breakfast reception.

After the reception,  Anderson will appraise quilts by appointment for the remainder of the afternoon. The fee for each quilt appraised is $40.00.

If you would like to have a quilt appraised, contact Hammonds House at 404-612-0500 or email quilts@hammondshouse.org for an appointment.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Want This Quilt to Go Home With You

Brown Sugar Stitchers Raffle Quilt, by Vickie Clark, 2009.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Raffle Quilt, by Vickie Clark, 2009.

The Brown Sugar Stitchers bi-annual Quilt Show is August 1 -7, 2009 and the quilt shown above will be raffled off as part of the festivities. The raffle will be held at the end of the opening reception at 6 p.m. August 1, 2009. Tickets for the raffle are just $1.00 each and can be purchased from any member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild or at the show.

In addition to the raffle, the quilt show will feature an exhibit  of over 140 quilts, over 35 dolls, a silent auction and demonstrations. An added attraction is a lecture, trunk show and book signing by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi.

Admission to the show is free. Admission to the Mazloomi lecture is $10.00. Tickets are available through Hammonds House Museum. Email quilts@hammondshouse.org to purchase your ticket or call 404-612-0500.

Everybody who is anybody in the quilting world and beyond will be there. You don’t want to miss this awesome show!

Mazloomi to Lecture in Atlanta August 1 and 2

Carolyn Mazloomi

Carolyn Mazloomi

Renowned quilt artist, historian, curator and author Carolyn Mazloomi will present two lectures in Atlanta as part of the Clara Ford Quilt Lecture Series. The first lecture, which is being presented in collaboration with the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild bi-annual quilt show is August 1, 2009. The lecture will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA at 2 p.m.

The second lecture will be held at the Hammonds House Museum, Sunday, August 2, 2009 at 2 p.m. Hammonds House is located at 503 Peeples Street in Atlanta.

The lectures are made possible by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Hammonds House Museum and the Clara Ford Foundation. A book signing and reception will follow each lecture. Admission is $10.00 for each lecture.

Mazloomi is  among the most influential African American quilt historians in the United States. She has produced an awe inspiring body of work, much of it containing references to African American life and history, as well as harkening back to a shared African ancestry.

Widely exhibited in the United States and internationally, her quilts have been included in five exhibitions at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Her artwork can be found in numerous important museums and corporate collections, such as the Wadsworth Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Museum of Design, Bell Telephone, the Cleveland Clinic, and Exxon.

She has appeared on television shows such as CBS Morning Show, Reading Rainbow, The Today Show, CNN, and has been the subject of several film documentaries. Dr. Mazloomi is one of six artist commissioned to create artwork for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum.

In 1985 she founded the Women of Color Quilters Network, an international organization with a membership of 1700, which has been a major force in fostering the fiberart works of African American people. Through  Mazloomi’s effort WCQN members have had their quilts presented in venues such as prominent museums and galleries, and in internationally traveled exhibitions.

Textural RhythmsShe is a frequent consultant for art exhibitions, authors, and historians. Beijing, China was the setting for an international quilt exhibition curated by Mazloomi as part of the United Nations Conference for Women held in 1995. This exhibition resulted in the publication of the book Star Quilts (Streelekha Press, Bangalore, India) which she co-edited. She is also author of the book Spirits of the Cloth (Random House) given the “Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year” award by the American Library Association. Her book, Threads of Faith, was published in 2004 by the Museum of Biblical Art. An exhibition, based on the book, toured the United States for two years. Her most recent publications, Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition and Quilting African American Women’s History were published in 2007.

In 2009 Mazloomi will publish The Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama. The book will be accompanied by an exhibition which will open in Hokohoma, Japan in November, 2009.

In 2003  Mazloomi was awarded the first Ohio Heritage Fellowship Award. Ohio Heritage Fellows are among the state’s living cultural treasures. Fellows embody the highest level of artistic achievement in their work, and the highest level of service in the teaching and other work they do in their communities to ensure that their artistic traditions stay strong.

Spirits of the ClothMazloomi has been involved in the economic development of women through the arts for over twenty years. Her organization, WCQN, has been recognized by the International Labour Department in Geneva and the United Nations for its developmental programs to help advance women.

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