Wishing You A Joyful Holiday Season

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Ancestral Christmas, art quilt, by O.V. Brantley.

Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season

 

Merry Christmas, by O.V. Brantley

Merry Christmas, by O.V. Brantley

The Clara Ford Foundation wishes you a joyous holiday season. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Atlanta Quilt Festival in August. Click the donations button on the left to learn how you can support our programs.

Last Chance to See the Quilts of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Choose to Bloom by O.V.  Brantley

Choose to Bloom by O.V. Brantley

Today is the last day to see the quilts of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival exhibit  ends at 5 p.m. today. The exhibit is at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Be sure to vote for Best of Show while you are there.

Thank you for your support of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival is held each year during the first two weeks in August.

Red and White Quilt Exhibit Continues Through August 11

Roses are Red by O.V. Brantley

The Atlanta Quilt Festival Exhibit continues through August 11, 2012 at South Fulton Arts Center. You will not want to miss the beautiful collection of red and white quilts.

The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. It is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See you at the Festival!

Happy Mother’s Day from the Clara Ford Foundation!

Clara’s Scrap Bag, 70 x 89 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2001.

Clara Ford

Clara Ford was the mother of six children: Allen, Ray, Matthew, Emma, Evora and Ruth. Her legacy lives on through her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her quilts. Eight of her quilts remain, stored in treasured status, ready to inspire future generations. These quilts will be available for viewing at the 2012 Atlanta Arts Festival which opens at noon July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Shown above is a quilt that honors Clara. It was  made by O.V. Brantley, her granddaughter. The quilt is called Clara’s Scrap Bag.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Roses are Red by O.V. Brantley

O.V. Brantley

For those who may not receive real flowers for Valentine’s Day, O.V. Brantley shares her quilt Roses are Red. This quilt features many shades of red in  pieced blocks that are borderd by a needle turn applique floral border. The exquisite machine quilting was done by Sylvia Davis.

Happy Valentine’s Day From the Clara Ford Foundation!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Life is Good, 72 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002.

From all of us at the Clara Ford Foundation, we wish you a joyous and safe Thanksgiving!

Uncommon Legacy

Uncommon Legacy by O.V. Brantley

Uncommon Legacy  by O.V. Brantley  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.

O.V. Brantley

For those who enjoy traditional quilts, this quilt is an example of needle turn hand appliqué.

Manage Your Quilt Collection

Whether you are a collector of quilts or a maker of quilts, it is helpful to have all the information about your quilts in one place. My Art Collection is a software program that easily captures all of this information. You can catalog and sort your quilts by several categories including name, quilt artist, date, etc. You can also import pictures of your quilts and record purchase and sale information. If you have your quilt appraised, you can capture that information as well.

If you decide to buy My Art Collection, as a follower of the Clara Ford Foundation, you can receive a 10% discount on your purchase. Just type ovbrantley in the coupon code. Every serious quilt collector or quilt maker will find My Art Collection a great tool for staying organized.

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!

Forever Friends

Forever Friends, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. Photo by India Brantley

Forever Friends was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit which was held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by O.V. Brantley.

O.V. Brantley

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Aleathia Chisolm, Nina Moore and Rosalind Newell were the other quilters featured.

Just Friends

Just Friends by Nina Moore, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

Just Friends was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by Nina Moore, who also taught the Beginning Quilting class during The Festival

Nina Moore

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Aleathia Chisolm, Rosalind Newell and O.V. Brantley were the other quilters featured.

Keep An Eye On Your Blocks

Keep An Eye On Your Blocks, by Aleathia Chisolm, 2010. Photo by India Brantley

Keep An Eye On Your Blocks was part of a group of four friendship quilts featured at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit  held at the South Fulton Arts Center. It was created by Aleathia Chisolm.

Aleathia Chisolm

Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group. Rosalind Newell, Nina Moore and O.V. Brantley were the other quilters featured.

Friendship Quilts Make Great Heirlooms

My Purple Cure, by O.V. Brantley, 2002

A friendship quilt is a generic term for a quilt made up of blocks exchanged between friends. Sometimes a particular fabric is chosen, and each quilter makes a block that includes that fabric. Sometimes a particular block is chosen, and each quilter makes that block from the fabric of her choice. These quilts take many forms, but what they all have in common is that they become priceless heirlooms.

O.V. Brantley

Shown here is one of my earliest friendship quilts called My Purple Cure.  Each quilter used the purple breast cancer awareness fabric in her block. This 2002 quilt, which hangs in my home, becomes more special as the years go by, as I remember the friends who participated in the block exchange and the circumstances that brought us together.

The 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit held at the South Fulton Arts Center, featured four friendship quilts that turned out to be the stars of the show. The block exchange was organized by Rosalind Newell. Each quilter shared information about herself, and each quilter made two blocks for each of the other quilters in the group.

In case you missed them at The Festival, each quilt will be featured on this site.

Do You Want to See This Quilt in Person?

BB King by Lola Jenkins

Lola Jenkins and O.V. Brantley at Brown Sugar Stitchers Tea

There are only three days left to see the quilts in the Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit. In addition to the juried quilt exhibit, several guest quilt artists have quilts in the exhibit. One of them is Lola Jenkins.

Ms. Jenkins is an exception quilt artist best know for her portraits. She was recently the featured speaker at the Brown Sugar Stitchers Annual Tea. While in town she left BB King (shown above) behind to share with Atlanta’s quilt-loving public.

If you want to see this quilt in person, visit the exhibit at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The exhibit closes at 4 p.m.

Learn to Quilt Saturday

Nina Moore

Have you always wanted to learn to quilt? Saturday is your chance. Nina Moore will teach Beginning Quilting at Hammonds House Museum Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A sewing machine is required.

This class is free, but you must register. To register, contact Hammonds House Museum or email O.V. Brantley at ovbrant@gmail.com. Class size is limited, so sign up today.

This event is part of the activities of the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The quilt exhibit will remain at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road until August 13, 2011.  Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. There is still time to go by and vote for your favorite quilt.

Start Your Week With a Quilt Newsletter is On Vacation

O.V. Brantley

The Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is on vacation. Look for it again in May. Quilters, if you enjoy the newsletter, please resolve to help the editor. Send lots of quilt pictures and quilt stories to ovbrant@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, continue to live your best life and always stay on the high road.

Happy New Year!

Jazzy Stars by O.V. Brantley

Hoping your new year includes lots of quilts!

Happy Birthday Clara!

Stars in My Heaven, 83 x 97 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2008.

Today is my grandmother Clara Ford’s birthday.  We called her Big Mama. She lived and quilted in Crossett, Arkansas from 1892 until 1966. Eight of her quilts survived her, and her spirit lives on through the Clara Ford Foundation.

Happy birthday, Big Mama!

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