Celebrate Earth Month!

Max's Mother Earth by Maxine Moore

It seems different celebrations are popping up all the time. This month is Earth Month!

Maxine Moore

We have a quilt for every celebration. This week the featured quilt is called Max’s Mother Earth. It was created by Maxine Moore.

The pattern for this quilt is called Mother Earth, and it was created by Dot Collins. Trust me, this is not a quickie quilt. If you want to make this quilt, give yourself about a year!

Season’s Turn

Season's Turn, 40 x 40 inches, by Miyata Johnson, 2011. Best Traditional Quilt at 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

A couple of years ago, Miyata Johnson followed through on her resolution to learn to quilt. She took Maxine Moore’s Beginning Quilting Class at Intown Quilters and classes at Southwest Arts Center.

Miyata Johnson

Her quilt Season’s Turn won Best Traditional Quilt at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival,  which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center. Once you know the basics, the sky is the limit.

What are you waiting for? Get started!

Resolve to Learn To Quilt

Joy of Quilting by Maxine Moore

Why not add “learn to quilt” to your New Year’s Resolution? Maxine Moore teaches quilting at Intown Quilters Quilt Shop and at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road in the Atlanta area. Most  quilt shops offer beginning quilting classes, so you should be able to find a class in your area.

Maxine Moore

Shown above is Maxine’s quilt called Joy of Quilting. It is composed of the card trick block which is a simple block for beginners to master.

Go for it! It may change your life.

Complicated Christmas Star

Complicated Christmas Star, 57 x 57 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at http://www.ovbrant.etsy.com

Life gets complicated right about now. Family on the way. House not clean. Christmas cards not mailed. Tree not up. Only two weeks left to get everything done!

Don’t panic. Breathe deeply and try to enjoy the journey.

O.V. Brantley

Complicated Christmas Star is a traditional quilt with a twist. The pattern is called labyrinth. The beautiful longarm quilting in a holly leaf pattern with variegated thread was done by Maxine Moore.

My African Village On Loan to Bowden Senior Center

My African Village by Maxine Moore

My African Village by Maxine Moore 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.

Maxine Moore

My African Village was exhibited at the 2007 East Cobb Quilt Show held at the East Cobb Civic Center. This quilt is a crowd-pleaser and is sure to brighten the day of the seniors at the Center.

Clara Ford Foundation Donates Quilt to YWCA

Open Your Purse 2011, 54 x 65 inches, pieced by O.V. Brantley, machine quilted by Maxine Moore, 2011. Donated to the YWCA

The Clara Ford Foundation is pleased to support the works of theGreater Atlanta YWCA by donating an original quilt to the organization. Open Your Purse 2011 (shown above) will be auctioned at the YWCA’s Open Your Purse event September 21, 2011 at the Georgia Aquarium.

Justine Boyd

Open Your Purse to the YWCA is a silent and live auction with proceeds benefiting the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and its Women in Transition (WIT) program — an 18-month program that helps homeless women regain self-sufficiency. It is the brain child of executive director Justine Boyd.

Open Your Purse 2011  measures 54 x 65 inches and consists of 16 unique purse blocks on happy yellow backgrounds. The quilt was pieced by O.V. Brantley and machine quilted by Maxine Moore. There is a hanging sleeve on the back so that the quilt can easily be hung, or it can be used as a lap quilt.

If you are attending this event, bid high and bid often!

Quilt Show at Georgia Capitol

A Mountain of Brown Sugar by Bessie Barnett, Maxine Moore and Rosalind Newell

The Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum is holding its first quit show on Monday, January 31, 2011 under the Gold Dome at the Georgia State Capitol Building, 214 State Capitol, Atlanta 30334. This is a one day show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. There are 46 quilts in the exhibit representing all parts of Georgia.

A Mountain of Brown Sugar (shown above) will be among the quilts in the show. It was contributed by the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild and was made by quilters Bessie Barnett, Maxine Moore and Rosalind Newell. All of the quilts will be auctioned after the exhibit, and the proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum.

Visit the Georgia Quilt Council for more info.

Black Magic

Black Magic by Maxine Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the October 10, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Black Magic. It was created by Maxine Moore. This quilt recently was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival© exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center in College Park, GA

Maxine Moore

Black Magic creates an optical illusion of movement. The illusion is created by the clever placement of different sized squares. Optical illusion quilts work best in highly contrasting fabrics. Maxine chose red and black for her 26 x 26 inch quilt.

Some people may think it’s magic to make a quilt appear to move, but as in all magic, once you know the secret it can all be explained.

Maxine Moore Teaches Beginning Quilting at Intown Quilters

Maxine Moore

Maxine Moore will teach two beginning quilting classes at Intown Quilters this fall. The first class is on Sundays and begins October 3, 2010. The second class is on Saturdays and begins October 30, 2010. Cost of the class is $85.00 plus supplies.

Visit Intown Quilters for details.

Hearts and Houses

Hearts and Houses by Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt of the week in the June 20, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  honors Ms. Ollivette Allison, an extraordinary woman who passed away recently. Before joining her fellow angels in heaven, she left an indelible mark on this world. For over 59 years, she worked at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home, becoming its executive director in 1976. During that time she personally touched and impacted the lives of over 6000 children.

Soon after its formation, the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild adopted the Carrie Steele Pitts Home and its children as its primary service project, thanks to member Rosalind Newell. Each year, the guild made quilts for the children so that they would have something special to call their own.The joy of making the quilts for the children and the gratitude of the children receiving them became a remarkable partnership over the years.

Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt is called Hearts and Houses. It was a group project organized by Rosalind to help raise funds for the Carrie Steele Pitts Home. It did indeed bring a substantial price for the home. Other quilters who helped Rosalind make this extraordinary quilt are Maxine Moore, Bessie Barnett, Cathy Johnson, Marva Swanson, Nina  Moore and O.V. Brantley.

Hearts and Houses is truly a special quilt — not because it is beautiful, but because of what it did to help others.

A Sunflower in My Garden

A Sunflower in My Garden, by Marva Swanson

The featured quilt in the April 4, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called A Sunflower in My Garden, and it was created by Marva Swanson. This quilt was made using a machine applique technique made popular by renowned quilter Sharon Schamber. The technique requires that you work from the back of the quilt, glue all the pieces together and then stitch the seams on a machine. Marva hired Regina Carter to professionally machine quilt the piece, and then embellished her quilt with crystals.

Marva Swanson

Marva says A Sunflower in My Garden was even more fun to make because it was created in a class of quilting friends with friend Maxine Moore as the teacher. “It was very interesting to see how differently the quilts turned out even though they were made from the same pattern,” she said.
If your garden is not in full bloom yet, this quilt will remind you to look forward to the beautiful blooms that will arrive in just a few weeks.

Basketball for C.J.

Basketball for C.J. by Shannon Turner and Maxine Moore

March Madness demands that we share a basketball quilt this week. The featured quilt  in the March 21, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter was made for six-year-old Gerald Turner, and it is called Basketball for C.J. It was a collaborative effort between Gerald’s Mom Shannon Turner and his grandmother Maxine Moore.

Gerald has grown up around quilts. His entire life has been a collage of patchwork, friends and creative energy. So when he suggested he wanted a basketball quilt, his Mom knew it was time to plant the seeds of stardom. Basketball fabric is the focus of the quilt. His grandmother completed the theme with an embroidered basketball hoop in the border of the quilt.

Basketball for C.J. is on Gerald’s bed where hoop dreams are born.

A Mother’s Heart

A Mother's Heart, by Maxine Moore

The featured quilt  of the week in the February 7, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is the perfect quilt for Valentines Week. It is called A Mother’s Heart, and it was created by Maxine Moore.

Maxine Moore

Maxine created this 74 x 64 inch quilt in 2008 for Mrs. Yvonne Rubens’s 80th birthday at the request of Mrs. Rubens’ daughter  and fellow quilter Rosalind Newell.  The large heart pattern was created by Maxine from strategically placed variations on nine-patch blocks. The crimson and cream colors were chosen because Mrs. Rubens has been a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority since her college years. Rosalind also wanted the heart to remind her mother that she is loved and appreciated.
A Mother’s Heart was part of the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. It is part of  Mrs. Rubens’ permanent collection of heirloom quilts.

Love and Prayers

Love and Prayers, by Maxine Moore

Love and Prayers, by Maxine Moore

Pink is everywhere  these days because October is breast cancer awareness month. I dare say quilters were probably leaders in the breast cancer awareness movement, so the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter could not let the month go by without showcasing a breast cancer quilt.
The October 18, 2009 featured quilt was made for Gail with the help of her brother Kenny. It was made by Maxine Moore.
The quilt prominently features the pink ribbon that has come to symbolize breast cancer awareness. Pictures of family members are also incorporated into the quilt.
Maxine reports that the recipient of this quilt was in the middle of her treatment when she received this quilt. She is now in remission — a testimony to the power of love.

Andrew M. Cobb, Esq.

Andrew M. Cobb, Esq. by Maxine Moore, 2009.

Andrew M. Cobb, Esq. by Maxine Moore, 2009.

The  quilt of the week in the September 20, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  was Andrew M. Cobb, Esq. It was created by Maxine Moore.

According to Maxine, this quilt was made for a special young man who is going to college to become an attorney. His favorite colors are red and black, and Maxine took it from there.

She chose a pattern called Bloomin’ Bricks by Seams and Dreams because the pattern is a srong, masculine pattern when done in appropriate fabrics. Maxine pieced and machine quilted the quilt.

Maxine Moore

Maxine Moore

Andrew M. Cobb, Esq. was recently exhibited in the East Cobb Quilt Show which closed today. The show was held at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta, GA. 

With such a beautiful quilt to cover him over with love, I know Andrew will be very successful in his chosen profession. 

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.

Tumbling in Space

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009.

 Tumbling In Space  was featured in the August 30, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Marva Swanson. This quilt was also recently featured in the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show where it was voted first place in the large quilt category by the viewers.

 Tumbling in Space  is an optical illusion quilt. The effect is created by using three shades of the same color fabric. All of the fabrics in Marva’s quilt were hand dyed. Not satisfied with the spectacular fabrics, Marva embellished her quilt with over 1000 crystals to give the quilt its “tumbling in space” effect.

Marva Swanson

Marva Swanson

The blocks in Tumbling in Space were machine pieced by Marva, then hand appliqued on a black background. It was machine quilted by Regina Carter.

Tumbling in Space  measures 72 x 80 inches. Marva finished it in 2009 after the technique was learned in a class taught by Maxine Moore.

Happy Birthday to Semira and Our Country!


Happy Birthday! by Maxine Moore

Happy Birthday! by Maxine Moore

Maxine Moore made this cute little  ice cream cone quilt for a ten-year-old named Semira. It seemed to be the perfect quilt to show on Independence Day because it is called simply Happy Birthday! 

Maxine Moore

Maxine Moore

Maxine says she made this quilt because “Semira is a little girl born on my birthday 10 years ago and I was there.  I recorded her first 30 minutes of life.  I think that celebration deserves a quilt every 10 years.”

This quilt is the featured quilt in the July 5, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.

Summer is a Great Time To Learn Quilting

Maxine Moore

Maxine Moore

Summertime is a great time to learn to quilt. One of the best teachers in the Atlanta area is Maxine Moore. She is patient and knows her stuff.

Maxine teaches at the Intown Quilters quilt shop in Decatur. If you have been thinking about learning to quilt. check out the class schedule at Intown.

My African Village by Maxine Moore

My African Village by Maxine Moore

Periodot Sunflower in a World of Its Own

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell has a flair for naming her quilts, and the March 15, 2009, featured quilt of the week in the Start Your Week With A Quilt newsletter is no exception. She has named it Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise.

This quilt was made in a class taught by Maxine Moore.  The purpose of the class was to learn a new technique called “piece-liqué.” The technique, created by renowned quilter Sharon Schamber, is a way to make a curved appliqué  quilt by piecing it on a sewing machine. 

When asked how did she come up with the name of the quilt Roz says, “the green is peridot, my August birthstone. It looks like it is floating in space on the black batik background –hence the Starship Enterprise.”

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell

Then she adds slyly,  “Maybe Lieutenant Worf gave it to me!!”

For Startrek fans, Roz always had a crush on Lieutenant Worf. He is her kind of specimen. For those who don’t have a clue about Startrek, I can’t explain it here. Just enjoy the quilt!

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