“Summertime and the Living is Easy” Tied For Best Art Quilt at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Summertime and the Living is Easy by Nicole Blackwell

Summertime and the Living is Easy by Nicole Blackwell

Summertime and the Living is Easy won a blue ribbon for Best Art Quilt at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This 30 x 42  inch quilt was created by Nicole Blackwell. 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!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Najah's Smile by Nicole Blackwell, 2007.

Najah’s Smile by Nicole Blackwell, 2007.

The beautiful quilt shown above was done by Nicole Blackwell in 2007. It is called Najah’s Smile.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Clara Ford Foundation!

Out of Africa was First Runner Up in the Traditional Quilt Category

Out of Africa by Melinda Rushing

Out of Africa by Melinda Rushing was chosen by the judges as First Runner Up in the Traditional Quilt Category. This quilt is based on an original block by Nicole Blackwell which Nicole created for the book Trip Around the World. It is composed of log cabin blocks with appliqué.

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.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child by Nicole Blackwell

The featured quilt of the week in the June 27, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt  is truly a special quilt. It is called It Takes a Village to Raise a Child and it was created by Nicole Blackwell. Nicole made this quilt for her nephew Khari Travis Grayson who was born in January.  

Nicole says she was “inspired by the large ‘village’ of folks that have come together to support this amazing new life.”
 
Her quilt includes contributions from over thirty (30) loved ones (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends).  Twenty-six (26) of the participants contributed one square each, based on a letter of the alphabet.  Messages of love include “B – Believe in Your Dreams”, “G – God’s Gift of Love”, “I – I Am a Blessing”,  and “N – Notice the Little Things.”  

Nicole Blackwell

Also a part of Khari’s village are some friends who walk on the wild side. There are two hippos, a tiger, a giraffe, a monkey, and a turtle who have come to see the quilt and meet the new baby. 
 
Piecing, appliqué, and stenciling techniques bring this quilt to life. The special messages will bring comfort and joy to little Khari for years to come.

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