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.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Announce Show Date

First President by Laura Sorton

Members of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild will exhibit their quilts October 3 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 Thursday, October 6, 2011. Other activities include a children’s event October 8, 2011 and a holiday event November, 15, 2011.

This is an exhibit you will not want to miss!

Bulloch Hall Quilt Show in Progress

The Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild’s 29th Great American Cover-Up Quilt Show 2011 is now in progress. It continues through March 20, 2011. The theme of the show is Quilts Full Circle.

Show hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday at Bulloch Hall in Roswell, GA.

Admission is $8 for Adults and $6 for Children 6-12. Tours are self-guided during the show.

Visit for more information.

Plan Your 2011 Quilt Calendar

Have you taken a moment to plan your 2011 Quilt Calendar? Whether you plan to exhibit your work or whether you plan to travel to see the work of others, now is the time to get organized. Most of the large quilt exhibit organizations have published their 2011 calendar.  Some sites you may want to visit are listed below.  

There is nothing more inspirational than a quilt exhibit. In addition to the sites listed below, be sure to keep your eye on your local newspaper for smaller quilt shows in your area. Go ahead and mark your calendar now for 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.


International Quilt Festivals –

Mancuso Show Management –

National Quilting Association –

American Quilters Society –

African American Quilters at New England Quilt Museum

The quilts  of noted contemporary African-American quilt artists Soniè Ruffin, NedRa Bonds, Sherry Whetstone, and Michele David are currently on display at the New England Quilt Museum. The exhibit is entitled  AFRICAN-AMERICAN QUILTS TODAY: A Celebration of Motherhood, Sisterhood & the Matriarchs. The exhibit continues through December 31, 2010.

According the curator Dr. Pearlie M. Johnson, the exhibition showcases the ways in which contemporary fiber artists combine Afrocentric themes and visual language with the concerns of contemporary African-American women, centering on work, family, friendship, religious values, and spirituality—issues that resonate with American women of all generations.”

For additional information visit the museum web site.

Year of the Quilt at the American Folk Art Museum

An exhibit that is part of the  “Year of the Quilt” at the American Folk Art Museum opens November 16, 2010 at Lincoln Square Branch in New York and continues through September 25, 2011.  The exhibit is called Super Stars: Quilts From the American Folk Art Museum.

According to Senior Curator Stacy C. Hollander, “the exhibition is part of a twelve-month-long series of shows, educational programming, and special events organized by the museum to emphasize the creative contributions of three centuries of talented women. Presented in conjunction with a new publication that illustrates two hundred of the museum’s most significant bedcovers, “Super Stars” illuminates one theme in these textile masterpieces from the collection.”

Hollander goes on to explain the thinking behind the exhibit. “Quiltmakers have always sought inspiration from the world around them, introducing the outdoors into the domestic interior through bedcovers that may reflect the colors of the landscape, the imagery of flowers in a garden, or animal and insect life. Stars, some of the most important elements of the natural world, are also a beloved and enduring motif in American quilts. Stars appeared in pieced bedcovers as early as the 18th century and remain popular with quilt artists today. Their ethereal light has guided nighttime travelers on sea and on land; their faraway presence has become the stuff of dreams when pieced, appliquéd, or embroidered into the form of a quilt. These associations are explored in the exhibition “Super Stars,” which highlights the dazzling diversity of this variable pattern in more than one hundred years of quilt artistry.”

If you are in the New York area, you will definitely want to catch this exhibit. Vist the web site for details.

Quilt Exhibit at Lucy Craft Museum of Black History

The Lucy Craft Museum of Black History  in Macon, Georgia will hold its annual quilt exhibit featuring the Essie McManus Quilting Guild of Johnston, South Carolina. The exhibit will run from October 1 – December 31, 2010. The Opening Reception is Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 3 – 5 p.m.

Visit the website for details.

Quilt Exhibit at Lucy Craft Laney Museum

Lucy Laney quiltThe Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, located in Augusta, GA,  is currently exhibiting a group of quilts from its permanent collection and from quilters in the area. The exhibit opened October 1, 2009 and will continue through November 30, 2009.

Visit the web site at  for museum hours.

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