Desert Garden Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson

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.

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

The quilt shown above is called Desert Garden. It was created by Marquetta Bell Johnson.

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!

Desert Garden is Winner of Best Art Quilt

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson was chosen by the judges as Best Art Quilt  at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt is a desert scene that features Marquetta’s hand dyed fabrics and her signature yo-yo’s.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Small Steps

Small Steps by Marquetta Bell-Johnson, 2011. Photo by India Brantley.

With the first hints of spring in the air, it seemed appropriate to show a happy quilt. Small Steps by Marquetta Bell-Johnson is happy and bright.

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Small Steps was exhibited at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival, and it made all who saw it smile. Like all of Marquetta’s quilts, it is made from her hand-dyed fabrics, and it is hand quilted. Marquetta shares her hand-dying technique in her book Hand Dyed Quilts which is available on Amazon.

To see more of Marquetta’s work, visit the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Last Day to See This Quilt in Person

Ocean Garden, 65 x 77 inches, by Marquetta Bell Johnson, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Marquetta Bell Johnson is one of the featured quilt artists at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Her quilts are always made from her hand dyed fabric and include lots of hand work.

Ocean Garden greets visitors as soon as they enter the South Fulton Arts Center. It is the type of quilt that needs to be enjoyed up close to appreciate the fine detail.

If you want to see this quilt in person, tomorrow is your last opportunity. The exhibit at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA, closes tomorrow, August 13, 2011 at 4 p.m.

Quilt Festival Opens to Large Crowd

Sitting on the Porch on a Southern Summer Day, 30 x 40 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. Part of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit.

The Opening Reception of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival opened Sunday to record crowds and enthusiastic attendees. The South Fulton Arts Center (located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA) was alive with activity.

Over 50 quilts and 20 dolls were on display for viewing. Marva Swanson curated the quilt exhibit, and Cookie Patterson curated the doll exhibit.

Additionally, attendees were treated to quilt demonstrations, doll-making demonstrations, and children were able to create their own quilt block. The highlight of the reception was the Book Fair. Six local authors shared their work in their own unique way. The authors were Faye Adams-Taylor, Dilsa Bailey, Imani Constance, Marquetta Bell-Johnson, Aisha Lumumba and Yusef Poole.

The exhibit remains at South Fulton Arts Center until August 13, 2011. Make sure to go by and vote for your favorite quilt. The prize for “Best of Show” will be awarded to the quilt getting the most votes.

Please help spread the word!

White Blossom

White Blossom by Marquetta Bell Johnson

The featured quilt in the March 27, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt  newsletter is called White Blossom. It was created by Marquetta Bell Johnson.
 
This is the time of year when everyone focuses on what is growing in their yard. We anxiously await the first beautiful blooms of spring and get ready to battle the weeds.

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Marquetta’s quilt White Blossom is made from her luscious hand dyed fabrics so don’t run out to the quilt store looking for these exact fabrics. The flowers are appliqued and placed in a special vase that is embellished with beads. A pieced border completes the colorful bouquet.
 
To see more of Marquetta’s beautiful quilts using her hand dyed fabrics, visit the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival which will be held July 31 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

“A Quiet Place” Judged Best Art Quilt at Atlanta Quilt Festival

A Quiet Place by Marquetta Bell Johnson

The featured quilt in the August 1, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called A Quiet Place, and it was created by Marquetta Bell-Johnson.  This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, is part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum. A Quiet Place was chosen by the judges as the Best Art Quilt!
 
Marquetta used many of her own hand-dyed fabrics in this quilt. It is also painted, appliqued and quilted by hand. A Quiet Place measures 36 x 42 inches. It is listed for sale at $1250.00
 
The Atlanta Quilt Festival continues through August 13 at the South Fulton Arts Center,  located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Admission is free. Don’t miss your chance to see A Quiet Place and many other exceptional quilts and dolls at the Atlanta Quilt Festival!

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