“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!

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!!

Beautiful Leaves

Beautiful Leaves by Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte Lindsey

The beautiful foliage of autumn has always been an inspiration to quilters. Enjoy this beautiful leaf quilt by Charlotte Lindsey. It is called Beautiful Leaves. The colors are breath-taking —  just like Mother Nature.

Happy Independence Day!

4th of July by Charlotte Lindsey, 2008.

Charlotte Lindsey

Wow! What a quilt!

The lovely quilt shown here  is called 4th of July. It was made by Charlotte Lindsey. 

If you do not have a fireworks show on your calendar  tonight, this quilt is the next best thing.

Happy Independence Day!

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!

Kwanzaa Candles

Kwanzaa Candles by Nina Moore

Nina Moore

Enjoy this beautiful quilt by Nina Moore. It is called Kwanzaa Candles.

Nina made this quilt to respond to a challenge to use flying geese in a quilt. Nina’s flying geese (in red on the vase) are really spectacular.

Kwanzaa Mosaic

Kwanzaa Mosaic by Rosalind Newell

People celebrate the holidays in many different ways. At the center of all celebrations, however, is food, family and love.

Rosalind Newell

This lovely wallhanging was created by Rosalind Newell. It is call Kwanzaa Mosaic. 

You can see this quilt in person at the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Facility, 2885 Church Street, East Point, GA. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts until the end of the year.

Thread Heaven

Heaven means different things to different people, but for quilters, there is one product on the market that can mean the difference between cursing and smiling. It is called Thread Heaven. It is a very small product that can make a big difference in a quilter’s life.

Knots and tangles in thread when you are quilting by hand are frustrating. To decrease these problems, condition your thread by running it across Thread Heaven  three times.  Almost like magic, Thread Heaven will minimize tangles and knots and make you smile. Look for it in your favorite craft store.

We hope you find today’s edition of Continuing Quilting Education© (CQE) useful. Feel free to share it with your quilting friends.

How Do You Mark Your Quilting Lines?

One of the best household tools for marking the quilting lines on your quilt is masking tape. If you are quilting a quilt in a cross hatch pattern or a diagonal pattern, masking tape can save you lots of time.

Instead of using a pencil or chalk, simply attach the tape to the quilt where you want your stitching line to be. Once that line is done, rip it off and mark the next line.

Masking tape is very economical and it leaves little residue. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about whether marking lines will wash  out.

How do you mark your quilts?

A Season of Chaos to: Whatever!!!!

A Season of Chaos to : Whatever!!!! by Charlotte Lindsey

The featured quilt of the week in the March 13, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called A Season of Chaos To:  WHATEVER !!!!  It was created by Charlotte Lindsey.

Charlotte’s quilt was her entry for the annual Tri-Guild Challenge which is held each January between three or more quilt guilds in the metro area. The challenge this year was to make a self-portrait quilt. 

Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte says the past year has been a challenging year for her, but she is determined not to let anything get her down. She is determined to re-invent herself to make sure she continues to enjoy life. On the back of her quilt, she included the phrase “A new attitude stepping out of the zone.” Looking at her quilt and looking at the sweet woman below, I would definitely agree she is stepping out of the zone!
To see more of Charlotte’s provocative quilts, visit 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.


Stargazer by Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt of the week in the November 21, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt is called Stargazer, and it was created by Rosalind Newell. To be precise, this is actually Stargazer #5 because each quilt Rosalind has  made for a child at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Children has been named Stargazer, and this year’s quilt  is the fifth special gift she has made. It was presented Saturday when the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild gathered at the home to present the quilts.

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind understands the importance of dreams, and this quilt imparts the message that no goal is unobtainable. She wants the young man who receives this quilt to know that the entire universe is his to capture. She used celestial fabrics to carry out her theme — stars, moons, suns and even an astronaut.

Rosalind says, “my wish is that every child know the warmth and safety of a loving home where he is given all of the tools to succeed in life. I pray that my quilt is just a part of that rewarding future.”

Quilters Love Football Too

Football by Thea Crosby

With the opening of high school and college football this weekend, quilters everywhere are taking a break from quilting to cheer for their favorite team. Many quilters have sons, grandsons, neighbors and nephews who play, so quilters are  fixtures at many games. Others are glued to the television watching their alma maters. A few may only be tuning in for the half time show.

Thea Crosby

Shown here is the ultimate football quilt. It was created by Thea Crosby. Thea was part of the marching band at her alma mater Morris Brown College in Atlanta.

Dancing Ladies

Dancing Ladies by Mary Maynard

The featured quilt of the week in the August 15, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Dancing Ladies. It was created by Mary Maynard

Mary Maynard

This quilt, along with approximately 50 other quilts and dolls, was part of the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival sponsored by the Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum.  It captivated all who saw it.

Dancing Ladies is based on a painting by Charles Searles. Mary’s interpretation of the painting measures 38 x 34 inches. The dancing ladies in the center block are appliqued by hand, and the quilt is quilted by hand.
You can almost hear the music as Mary captures the joy these ladies are experiencing as they dance.


Greater Atlanta Shop Hop Starts Now!

The Greater Atlanta Shop Hop is here. This weekend quilters anywhere near metro Atlanta will put on their most comfortable shoes, raid their hidden money stash and hit the 11 quilt stores in the metro area!

Quilt stores are ready with new fabrics, raffles, food and quilt treats. It is fun, fun, fun, and quilters will spend, spend, spend.


Christmas at Home

Christmas at Home by Janice Daniel. Photo by India Brantley.

Janice Daniel created a free hand design that resulted in Christmas at Home. The quilt is a pieced and appliqued Christmas tree. Janice included satin stitching and embellishments to add pazazz to this  33 x 36 inch quilt.

Christmas at Home was featured in the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.  It is currently on display at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multi-Purpose Center, 515 John Wesley Dobbs, Atlanta as part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts.

Janice Daniel

The Legacy Quilt Shown at Brown Sugar Stitchers Holiday Luncheon

The Legacy Quilt-- Women of Valor, 1850-1950, from the collection of the Bremen Museum.

The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild received an unexpected treat at their holiday luncheon. Pat Pugrant from the Bremen Jewish Heritage and Holocaust Museum was on hand to share The Legacy Quilt — Women of Valor 1850-1950. This quilt depicts scenes from the lives of eight extraordinary Jewish women.

If you would like to bring the quilt to your organization, contact sberman@thebreman.org.

Basting Spray is a Great Time Saver

Traditional quilters will tell you that the best way to baste a quilt is to hold the sandwich together with safety pins spaced two inches apart. That definitely works, but the modern quilter is slight stretched for time. An amazing new invention is basting spray.

There are several manufactures, but the idea is the same. Lay out your quilt back. Spray it with basting spray. Cover the back with batting. Spray it with basting spray. Finish by adding your top. Smooth is all out, and voila, you are ready to  quilt.

Try it. You may like it.

Choose Your Batting Wisely

Warm and natural battingGone are the days when quilters used whatever was on hand to stuff inside their quilts. The type of batting used can greatly affect the quilting process as well as the finished look of your quilt.

Many quilters are purists and will only use 100 per cent cotton batting in their quilts. However, there are battings that are 80 per cent cotton and 20 per cent polyester that machine quilters say is a perfect combination.

Hand quilters are concerned about being able to push the need through easily. Wool batting is often at the top of the list for hand quilters. Many say the neddle slides through the quilt  like a knife through melted butter.

Now organic battings have entered the market, and those who are environmentally conscious will only quilt with organic batting.

After choosing a batting type, the decisions do not end there. You must also consider the loft. Do you want a very thin batting which is often used for wallhangings or do you want a puffy look?

Hobbs heirloom battingThe wise thing to do is to experiment. You may find that you will use different types of batting depending on the quilt you are working on.

What is your favorite batting?

Threads Offer Many Choices

Early quilters had little more than needle, thread and scraps when they set about making a quilt. My, how things have changed. Take thread for instance. The choices are astounding!

Most quilters use cotton thread in a neutral color such as tan or gray for piecing, but that is only the beginning. Choices for quilting the quilt sandwich seem endless.  There are variegated threads, metallic threads, silk threads, polyester threads, cotton threads and embroidery threads. Each type comes in every color of the rainbow. You are limited only by your imagination.

What type of threads do you use?

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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. 

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