African Mask Workshop Sold Out!

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The Master Quilter Workshop held annually during the Atlanta Quilt Festival is SOLD OUT!

Mt. Vernon, NY resident Renee Fleuranges-Valdes will lead a master quilting class on Saturday August 12, 2017 during the 2017 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The workshop will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Quilters will learn how to use improvisational appliqué techniques to make an African mask.

Although this workshop is sold out, visit Atlanta Quilt Festival on Facebook to check out other activities you may enjoy.

You can also email atlantaquiltfestival@gmail.com to be placed on the waiting list.

Renee Fleuranges-Valdes

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Jazzy Quilts on Exhibit in Charleston

Gone Clubbing: Crazy About Jazz by Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook

Gone Clubbing: Crazy About Jazz by Marlene O'Bryant Seabrook

 

Jazz! Art Quilts in Performance, an exhibit of art quilts with a jazzy theme,  will be on display at the McKinley Washington Auditorium at Avery Research Center in Charleston from June 1 – July 31, 2009.

The exhibit was curated by Curtis Franks.  Renowned quilter, educator and jazz advocate, Dr. Marlene O’Bryant Seabrook,  has a quilt in the exhibit.

The quilts celebrate the cultural heyday of  jazz as art, music and craft.

Admission is free.

CFF Collaborates with Hammonds House on Lecture Series

CFF Final LogoThe Clara Ford Foundation will collaborate with the Hammonds House Museum on the creation of a quilt lecture series. The series is made possible by a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The inaugural lecture in the series will be presented by renowned quilt artist and author Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi on August 1, 2009 in Atlanta. Details will be announced later.

The second lecture in the series will be presented on August 8, 2009 by Holly Anderson, Georgia’s only certified  quilt appraiser. This lecture will be held at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta.

Favorite Cousins

Favorite Cousins by Peggy Martin

Favorite Cousins by Peggy Martin

This bright and fun-filled quilt called Favorite Cousins was made by Peggy Martin. I just know these girls are ready to have fun. Peggy made this quilt as a fund raiser for her family reunion. The quilt was raffled to offset expenses of the gathering, and one lucky family member went home with a quilt. Favorite Cousins shows off six little girls in their brightly colored family reunion dresses offset be a coordinating border.  

This quilt should definitely get you in the mood for your family reunion.

Peggy Martin

Peggy Martin

Obituary of Ruth Clement Bond, A Trailblazing Quilter

© 2005 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 11/14/2005.

New York — Ruth Clement Bond, 101, a prominent educator and civic leader who in the mid-1930s, in her first and only foray into quilt design, helped transform the American quilt from a utilitarian bedcovering into a work of avant-garde social commentary, died Oct. 24. Mrs. Bond was noted for a series of quilts known collectively as the TVA quilts.
Designed by her, the quilts were sewn in rural Alabama by the wives of African-American workers building dams there for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Visually arresting and contemporary-looking even today, the TVA quilts are considered pivotal in American quilt making.
While most quilts of the period were based on the traditional geometric and floral designs, the TVA quilts are dynamic works of modern art. Using solid-colored fabrics appliqued onto stark backgrounds, they depict bold, stylized silhouettes of black people. With their jagged yet elegant lines, the figures have been compared to the paper cutouts of Matisse and to the work of the Harlem Renaissance painter Aaron Douglas.
Mrs. Bond, who had trained as an academic and did not know how to quilt, embarked on the project after her husband was sent to northern Alabama to supervise the black workers at the dam sites there. The Bonds lived for a time near the Wheeler Dam, in one of the segregated villages built for the workers and their families.
The women completed a half-dozen large quilts, all believed to have been made in 1934. Three are extant, as are several very small quilts, made as samples.
The TVA quilts have been exhibited in New York at the Museum of Arts and Design, and elsewhere around the country. They are featured in several books, among them “Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression” (Rutledge Hill Press, 1990), by Merikay Waldvogel.
In later years, Mrs. Bond, whose husband joined the Foreign Service in 1944, taught at universities in Haiti, Liberia and Malawi and worked with women’s and youth groups in Afghanistan, Tunisia and Sierra Leone. After returning to Washington, she served as president of the African-American Women’s Association.
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