The Clara Ford Wishes You Great Joy During the Holiday Season

Merry Christmas aka Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

Merry Christmas aka Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

The Clara Ford Foundation wishes you great joy during the holiday season. We will share some beautiful, one-of-a-kind Christmas quilts with you this month to add to your holiday cheer.

This beautiful quilt is called Merry Christmas  by Laura Sorton. It is a panel quilt. It is not too late to make someone a quilt for Christmas. Get going!

Laura Sorton

Laura Sorton

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas aka Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

Laura Sorton

We love kicking off the holiday season with Laura Sorton’s quilt called Merry Christmas. Laura calls it a cheater quilt because the center of the quilt is a panel.

Whatever you want to call it, know that there is still time to whip up a quilt for someone special. There are lots of cute panels in the quilt stores. Add borders, quilt as desired, and voilá! You have a quilt.

Get busy!

You can see Laura’s Christmas Cheater 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.

A Crescendo of Cloth Ties For Best Art Quilt

A Crescendo of Cloth, 43 x 56 inches, by Latifah Shakir, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

A Crescendo of Cloth by Latifah Shakir tied for first place in the Best Art Quilt category at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The quilt, which is crazy quilted with shells, bottle caps, bells and buttons to carry out the jazz theme, measures 43 x 56 inches.

Latifah Shakir

Latifah received an original ribbon designed by Laura Sorton and a $50.00 check from the Clara Ford Foundation.

Congratulations, Latifah!

Christmas Cheater

Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

The featured quilt of the week in the December 5, 2010 edition of the  Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is technically called Merry Christmas, but I have secretly named it Christmas Cheater. It was created by Laura Sorton. 

Laura Sorton

Laura calls this quilt a cheater quilt because it was made from a preprinted panel. These type of quilts are usually not up to Laura’s standards, but when I told her I needed a Christmas quilt from all of my friends to hang in a senior center, she had no choice. (Laura made a quilt that has a pieced back that has over 2000 pieces, so you get my drift).

Personally, to me the quilt is no less beautiful because it started with a pre-printed panel. Most people would not know unless you told them anyway. So even though you know the secret of this quilt, I hope it helps to get you in a happy holiday spirit. And for you quilters out there who wanted to give someone special a quilt but thought you did not have the time, here’s your answer. Cheater quilts are loved as much as blue ribbon quilts!

First President

First President by Laura Sorton

The featured quilt of the week in the Septeber 19, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called First President, and it was created by Laura Sorton. For several years  Laura  fretted about the fact that each president of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild had been presented with a quilt at the end of her term except one. Nancy Franklin, the co-founder and first president of the guild did not receive a quilt. When the guild celebrated its 10th anniversary recently, Laura decided the time was right to fix a longstanding injustice. Thus, First President was born.

Laura Sorton

 After making the quilt from a pattern that evoked historical overtones, Laura painstakingly signed the name of each member of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild on the quilt. There are approximately 60 names on the quilt. To make the quilt even more of a special memory quilt for Nancy, Laura also embroidered the name of the guild and the occasion in the center block.

Quilts are most special when they tell a story. This quilt will continue to tell its story for centuries to come.

Mary Lin Elementary Students Learn Quilting

Mary Lin Elementary students display their quilt blocks

The Clara Ford Foundation participated in the Black History Month celebration at the Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta. Quilters Marva Swanson, Laura Sorton, Nina Moore and O.V. Brantley shared the art of quilting with 236 elementary school students. 

With the help of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, the Clara Ford Foundation prepared a quilt block for each of the students. Each student then finished his/her quilt with an original drawing in the middle of the quilt.

The students and the teachers loved designing  their quilt blocks, and they learned a lot about quilting as well.  

There is Still Time to Make a Quilt for Christmas

Christmas Wreath by Laura Sorton

If you want to give someone a quilt for Christmas, all is not lost. You can make what quilter  Laura Sorton calls a cheater quilt. Her version is shown here.

A cheater quilt is one that is made from a pre-printed panel. There are many panels available this time of year.

Take a trip to your favorite quilt shop. Pick up a panel, sandwich it, quilt it and voila! You have a quilt.

Remember, when you give a gift, it is the though that counts. The recipient is rarely expecting a masterpiece, and will treasure any quilt.

Laura Sorton

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