Brown Sugar Stitchers Exhibit at Norcross Arts Center

Desert Queen, by Anita Crosby, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Desert Queen, by Anita Crosby, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

An exhibit featuring the quilts of the Brown Sugar Stitchers quilt guild is underway at the Norcross Arts Center, 17 College Street in downtown Norcross, Georgia. The exhibit, which features over 60 quilts, continues through August 31, 2013.

“Swimming with the Fish” Wins Best of Show at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Swimming with the Fish by Melinda Rushing

Swimming with the Fish by Melinda Rushing

Melinda Rushing’s Swimming with the Fish was voted Best of Show by the attendees at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. It also tied for Best Art Quilt.

The Atlanta Quilt Festival is held annually at the South Fulton Arts Center and the Hammonds House Museum the first two weeks in August.

Congratulations Melinda!

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.

“Tied Up In Knots” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Tied Up in Knots by Latifah Shakir. Photo by India Brantley

Tied Up in Knots by Latifah Shakir. Photo by India Brantley

Latifah Shakir

Latifah Shakir

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.

The quilt shown above is called Tied Up In Knots. It was created by Latifah Shakir.

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!

“Thinking About Her Next Quilt” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Thinking About Her Next Quilt by Rosalind Newell. Photo by India Brantley

Thinking About Her Next Quilt by Rosalind Newell. Photo by India Brantley

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.

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell

The quilt shown above is called Thinking About Her Next Quilt. It was created by Rosalind Newell.

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!

“Fire” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Fire by Jeanette Walton

Fire by Jeanette Walton. Photo by India Brantley

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.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

The quilt shown above is called Fire. It was created by Jeanette Walton.

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!

“Sparkling Bloom” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby. Photo by India Brantley

Brenda Shelby

Brenda Shelby

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.

The quilt shown above is called Sparkling Bloom. It was created by Brenda Shelby.

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!

“Splash From My Stash” Was Part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm. Photo by India Brantley

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.

Aleathia Chisolm

Aleathia Chisolm

The quilt shown above is called Splash From My Stash. Created by Aleathia Chisolm, it won Best Traditional Quilt at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. 

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!

Quilt Market Makes its Debut at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Water Walk by Nina Moore, 2011

Water Walk by Nina Moore, 2011

Shop til you drop at this year’s Opening Reception of the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival as the Quilt Market makes its debut.  Enjoy hand dyed fabrics, books and unique works of art while experiencing quilting demonstrations.

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.

See You at the Festival!

Entry Forms For 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival Due June 30th

Blue RibbonThe deadline for your entry into the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival is June 30, 2013. Here are  the details.

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks original quilts and dolls for its 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The theme is A Legacy of Quilting — “Look What Big Mama Started.”

If you love sharing your quilts, see the form below to get all the details about entering you quilt in the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. All quilters welcome – beginners and professionals. A $50.00  prize will be awarded to  three quilts: Best Traditional, Best Art Quilt and Best of Show (as voted upon by the viewers). 

Quilts must be no larger than 60 x 60 inches. The entry fee for each quilt is $10.00. Quilts must be available for exhibition from July 26, 2013 – August 13, 2013. 

The entry forms are below. Please mail the form by June 30, 2012 or email Marva Swanson for an extension. Email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net with questions or for more information.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

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Tea Themed Journal Quilts at 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Tea By the Sea by Clemetene Cosby

Tea By the Sea by Clemetene Cosby

The 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival will feature an exhibit of tea-themed journal quilts. Journal quilts are small art quilts that measure 8 1/2 x 11 inches — the size of a sheet of paper. They usually capture the emotions of the quilter — much like writing in a journal. The small quilt shown above is called Tea by the Sea and was created by Clemetene Cosby.

If you would like to enter a tea-themed journal quilt, email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net no later than July 20th and attach a picture of your quilt. The quilt must be available for display from July 26th- August 10th.

The 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit is held annually at South Fulton Arts Center, located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Other activities are held at Hammonds House Museum during the first two weeks in August.The exhibit is free and open to the public.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Black History Month

Indelible by Aisha Lumumba. Photo by India Brantley

Indelible by Aisha Lumumba. Photo by India Brantley

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba

Black History Month is a great time to celebrate quilts because quilters have always knowingly or unknowingly documented our history. Shown above is a quilt by Aisha Lumumba called Indelible.

See more of Aisha’s quilts on her web site at www.obaquilts.com and at the Atlanta Quilt Festival July 28th – August 10, 2013. The Festival will be held at South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

New Year, New Beginnings

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

The wonderful thing about a new year is that it encourages you to imagine and implement a new life. While I know you made your own resolutions and goals, I encourage all who read this blog to exhibit more. It just doesn’t make sense to spend so much time making a beautiful quilt and then to hide it in the closet. There are plenty of local shows that encourage beginning quilters as well as professionals. The Atlanta Quilt Festival held each year the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center is one of those. Others include the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild which will hold its bi-annual show in May, and the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild which will hold its show in March.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

So to inspire you, here is Jeanette Walton’s blue ribbon quilt from the East Cobb Quilt Show. It was originally called Not Fast Food when it appeared in the show, but Jeanette renamed it  Jewels in the Castle Wall.

Quilters, get busy!!

See a Blue Ribbon Quilt During the Opening Reception of the Atlanta Quilt Festival

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton’s Blue Ribbon quilt called Jewels in the Castle Wall will make a guest appearance during the opening reception of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens Sunday, July 29, 2012 at noon at the South Fulton Arts Center. The Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Jewels in the Castle Wall won a Blue Ribbon at the East Cobb Quilt Show last year in the two-person quilt category. The exquisite quilting on this quilt was done by Leona Harden. This is a rare opportunity to see a Blue Ribbon quilt up close and personal. You will not be disappointed.

See you at the Festival!

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!

Brown Sugar Stitchers Announce Exhibit Dates

 

2011 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild Donation Quilt

The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild will hold its bi-annual quilt exhibit October 2 through December 11, 2011 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA. The theme of the exhibit is Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts: African American Quilters in the 21st Century.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 7 p.m.  In addition to meeting the quilters, attendees will have the opportunity to possibly win the beautiful quilt shown above.

This is definitely an exhibit you will not want to miss. For more information email bssquiltguild@hotmail.com.

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.

A Few of My Favorite Friends

A Few of My Favorite Friends, by Rosalind Newell, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

A Few of My Favorite 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 Rosalind Newell, who was also the organizer of the group.

Rosalind Newell

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 O.V. Brantley were the other quilters featured.

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