New York Beauty Goes to Africa Wins Best of Show

 

New York Beauty Goes to Africa by Jeanette Walton

New York Beauty Goes to Africa by Jeanette Walton

The viewers of the 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival Exhibit voted Jeanette Walton’s New York Beauty Goes to Africa Best of Show. This quilt also won Best Traditional Quilt. The South Fulton Arts Center hosted the exhibit.

Congratulations, Jeanette!

New York Beauty Goes to Africa Wins Best Traditional Quilt

New York Beauty Goes to Africa by Jeanette Walton

New York Beauty Goes to Africa by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton’s New York Beauty Goes to Africa won Best Traditional Quilt at the 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Congratulations, Jeanette!

“Autumn at Lost Mountain” Won Best Traditional Quilt at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Autumn At Lost Mountain by Jeanette Walton

Autumn At Lost Mountain by Jeanette Walton

Autumn at Lost Mountain won a blue ribbon for Best Traditional Quilt at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This 60 x 58 inch quilt was created by Jeanette Walton. She was also awarded a $50 cash prize.

The Atlanta Quilt Festival continues through August 10, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center and Hammonds House Museum. Viewing hours for the  exhibit  at South Fulton Arts Center are

Be sure to cast your vote for Best of Show during your visit.

See you at the Festival!

“Fire” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Fire by Jeanette Walton

Fire by Jeanette Walton. Photo by India Brantley

There were some amazing quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. Let’s take a walk down memory lane to whet your appetite for this year’s festival.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

The quilt shown above is called Fire. It was created by Jeanette Walton.

Celebrate with us at the Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival from noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes August 10, 2013.

Amazing quilts! Beautiful dolls! Demonstrations and unique items for sale!

See You at the Festival!

New Year, New Beginnings

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

The wonderful thing about a new year is that it encourages you to imagine and implement a new life. While I know you made your own resolutions and goals, I encourage all who read this blog to exhibit more. It just doesn’t make sense to spend so much time making a beautiful quilt and then to hide it in the closet. There are plenty of local shows that encourage beginning quilters as well as professionals. The Atlanta Quilt Festival held each year the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center is one of those. Others include the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild which will hold its bi-annual show in May, and the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild which will hold its show in March.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

So to inspire you, here is Jeanette Walton’s blue ribbon quilt from the East Cobb Quilt Show. It was originally called Not Fast Food when it appeared in the show, but Jeanette renamed it  Jewels in the Castle Wall.

Quilters, get busy!!

See a Blue Ribbon Quilt During the Opening Reception of the Atlanta Quilt Festival

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton’s Blue Ribbon quilt called Jewels in the Castle Wall will make a guest appearance during the opening reception of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens Sunday, July 29, 2012 at noon at the South Fulton Arts Center. The Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Jewels in the Castle Wall won a Blue Ribbon at the East Cobb Quilt Show last year in the two-person quilt category. The exquisite quilting on this quilt was done by Leona Harden. This is a rare opportunity to see a Blue Ribbon quilt up close and personal. You will not be disappointed.

See you at the Festival!

Not Fast Food

Not Fast Food by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Now that daylight savings time has started, we all have an extra hour of sunlight.  Why not make a really difficult quilt with that extra time?

Jeanette Walton‘s Not Fast Food will give you inspiration. This is an amazing quilt.

Not Fast Food recently won a Blue Ribbon in the East Cobb Quilt Show.

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.

“Not Fast Food” Wins Blue Ribbon at East Cobb

Not Fast Food by Jeanette Walton

African American quilters are well represented at the bi-annual  East Cobb Quilt Show. Jeanette Walton‘s quilt Not Fast Food earned a Blue Ribbon in its category.

Jeanette Walton

There is much to see at the East Cobb Quilt Show, including approximately 400 quilts, vendors and a silent auction. It opened Friday and continues through Sunday at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, GA. Admission is $8.00.

Jeanette says she spent more hours than she cares to remember on this quilt. It was well worth the effort. Congratulations!

 

Maui Flower Power

Maui Flower Power by Jeanette Walton

The featured quilt of the week in the January 9, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Maui Flower Power.  It was created by Jeanette Walton.
 
This is the perfect quilt for the second week in January. Most of us are wishing we were anywhere the snow is not. Since we cannot pick up and leave town, Maui Flower Power will have to serve as your “staycation”.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette used bright batiks to coordinate with the Hawaiian floral print. The circle pattern gives the quilt a modern art feel. The theme of the 50 x 41 inch quilt is carried out in the border with parts of the brightly stripped pieced fabrics extending into the dark blue border.

Maui Flower Power was exhibited at 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival©. See more of Jeanette’s work at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival©, July 31, 2011 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Jeanette Walton Teaches at Kiwi Quilts

 
Jeanette Walton will teach a spectacular bargello quilt called Ribbons in Motion at Kiwi Quilts October 23rd and November 13th. The class will teach fabric selection and how to piece and quilt the quilt in one step.
 

Jeanette Walton

Cost of the class is $60.00. Visit www.kiwiquilts.com  for details.

 
Shown above is Jeanette’s version of the quilt.

Sisters and Friendship

Sisters and Friendship, aka Liberated Shaded Nine-Patch, by Jeanette Walton

The featured quilt of the week continued the celebration of Black History Month in the February 21, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. The quilt is called Sisters and Friendship, aka Liberated Shaded Nine-Patch, and it was created by Jeanette Walton.
 
This quilt originated as a block swap among a group of  African American Quilters on the Internet. In a block  swap, a group of quilters get together, agree on a color, or theme or pattern. Then each quilter makes a block for each person in the group. The blocks are exchanged, and the end result is that each quilter has a quilt with blocks in it that were made by other people.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette says that at the time of this swap, none of the quilters knew each other. Since that time she has met all of the quilters who participated in the swap, and they remain in touch. The women who participated in the swap were Jo Syphax and Sylvia Davis of California, Autumn Latimore of Wisconsin, and Jessica Vaughn of Denver.
 
As for the quilt itself, it is a stunning example of what a diverse melting pot of quilters can produce. Would you have guessed that five people who had never met produced this quilt? Maybe you should get out and meet somebody.

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall. Jeanette,2009

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

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall was featured in the November 1, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Jeanette Walton.

Jeanette says this quilt remained unfinished for over five years. She had taken a class to learn to make the quilt only to discover that her skills were not advanced enough at that time. Frustrated, she put it away. (That tiny half square triangle border is harder than you think). Luckily for us, Jeanette returned to her project and is able to share this beautiful quilt with us.
 
Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

If you are not able to make it up to the Georgia mountains to admire the majesty of nature during leaf season, When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall is the next best thing. It is currently on loan to the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center, 2885 Church Street,  East Point, GA.

African American Quilters Add Depth to East Cobb Quilt Show

Heritage, by Albertha Brown, 2009.

Heritage, by Albertha Brown, 2009.

Several African American quilters exhibited their quilts at the bi-annual East Cobb Quilt Show which closed today. Although the show is known to place a heavy emphasis on traditional  quilts, the show is open to all genres of quilts.  It is a juried and judged show.

One of the most striking quilts in the show which  featured approximately 400 quilts was Heritage by Albertha Brown of Douglasville, GA.  It earned a ribbon in its category.

Other African American quilters with quilts in the show included Maxine Moore, Jeanette Walton and O.V. Brantley.

Congratulations to each of these ladies for sharing their unique perspective on quilting with others.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show Continues Through August 7

Ra by Jeanette Walton

Ra by Jeanette Walton

The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show opened to rave reviews Saturday. There were large appreciative crowds for both the quilts and the lecture presented by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi. The quilts will remain on display through Friday, August 7, 2009 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645  Butner Road, College Park, GA. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is free.

One of the most stunning quilts in the show was featured in the August 2, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt© newsletter.  It is called Ra, and it was created by Jeanette Walton.
 
Ra is the ancient Egyptian Sun God.  As Jeanette explains it, “For the Egyptians, the sun represented light, warmth, and growth. These beliefs made sun deities very important to the Egyptians, and the sun came to be the ruler of all.”
 

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

The pattern for this quilt is called a circle bargello, and it comes from a book entitled Quilts Without Corners by Cheryl Phillips. The exquisite machine quilting was done by Melinda Fulkerson.
 
Everyone at the show agreed that this is definitely a sunshine quilt. Add some sunshine to your life by going to see this quilt in person before the show ends Friday. The show is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Out of Africa III, Charmed I’m Sure

Out of Africa III-Charmed I'm Sure by Jeanette Walton

Out of Africa III-Charmed I'm Sure by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Continuing our celebration of Black History month,  a beautiful quilt created by Jeanette Walton as the featured quilt of the week in the February 15, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.  It is called  Out of Africa III, Charmed I’m Sure.

When asked about the quilt, Jeanette explains it this way:  This quilt is the third in a series using African print and African inspired fabrics.  I had made previous quilts for two of my dearest friends, one for my roommate in college, Pam, and one for my sister-by-affection, Regina, and I wanted to make one for myself to complete the circle.  To relieve the terminal boredom of making exactly the same quilt a third time, I decided to make it a charm quilt. 

A charm quilt is made with no two patches cut from the same fabric.  Folklore has it that sometimes the quilter would deliberately use the same fabric twice, and it was a form of entertainment to try to find the fabrics that were the same.  There is a repeat fabric in Out of Africa III – Charmed I’m Sure, but it wasn’t by design!”  

 I did not ask Jeanette how long it took to collect the fabrics for this quilt, but I am sure all the quilters reading this will view this quilt with “stash envy.” Don’t hate.

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