Power Up Your Quilting With Yoga at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival

A Crescendo of Cloth, 43 x 56 inches, by Latifah Shakir, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

A Crescendo of Cloth, 43 x 56 inches, by Latifah Shakir, 2011. Winner of Best Art Quilt, 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Well known quilt artist Latifah Shakir will lead a workshop that teaches how to power up your quilting with yoga. In this  personal journey you will learn yoga techniques to alleviate symptoms of pain, increase flexibility and strengthen your  joints in your hands and feet.

Latifah Shakir

Latifah Shakir

“Our love for quilting involves long hours of repetitive motion. Come join me and rejuvenate your body emphasizing with breathing exercises and practiced mediation to increase clarity and concentration on your future quilting projects,” says Latifah.

The class will be held Saturday, August 10, 2013 from  noon – 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The class fee is $15.00. Register by sending an email to ovbrant@gmail.com.

Space is limited so act quickly. The class will last three hours. Attendees will create a Namaste Flag project which is a fabric collage consisting of fabric, meditating stitching and embellishments.

Supplies required for this class are items you  already have around your home. Bring thread, needle, scissors, fabric scraps, embellishments such as trim, buttons, fabric markers, etc. __ whatever your heart desires. Don’t bring much as there will only be time to finish two flags, but students can finish their kinetic journal at home. Latifah will bring the rest of the supplies.

See You at the Festival!

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.

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.

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenal Woman by Charlotte Lindsey

Anytime is a great time to celebrate womanhood. Charlotte Lindsey’s quilt called Phenomenal Woman says it all. She is strong, smart and beautiful.

Charlotte Lindsey


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.

International Quilt Festival in Chicago

The Chicago edition of the International Quilt Festival starts this weekend. It is scheduled for April 16-18, 2010 and will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Center, 5555 N. River Rd. ,Rosemont, IL 60018.

If you are in the area, you may want to check it out. Visit www.quilts.com for more information.

Paranoid Tom

Paranoid Tom by Aleathia Chisolm, 2009.

Paranoid Tom was the featured quilt of the week in the November 22, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.  It was created by Aleathia Chisolm whose web site is www.eclecticquilts.com.  
With Thanksgiving coming up, this colorful guy has a right to be paranoid. Let’s hope that he will be spared.

Aleathia Chisolm

Aleathia appliqued Tom’s colorful feathers and other body parts. She then surrounded him with a colorful pin wheel border. The machine quilting was done by Maxine Moore.
This cute little quilt would brighten any holiday decor. So if you are planning to stuff a turkey on Thanksgiving, choose one that is less colorful.

Escape the Cold at World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach, Florida

West Palm BeachThe World Quilt Show will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida November 13 -15, 2009. There will be over 400 quilts from 10 countries on display. Show hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admisssion is $12.00

Visit www.worldquilt.com for more information.

East Cobb Quilt Show Opens September 18

East Cobb 2009PinThe East Cobb Quilt Guild will open its bi-annual show September 18, 2009 at the Cobb County Civic Center, 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA. The theme of the show is Georgia Celebrates Quilts, and over 400 quilts will be on display. Show hours are Friday,  10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In addition to the quilts, there will be classes, vendors, a raffle quilt and a sewing machine raffle. Admission is $8.00 daily.

Successful Lecture Series Launched

Holly Anderson and Carolyn Mazloomi

Holly Anderson and Carolyn Mazloomi

The Clara Ford Foundation, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, launched the Clara Ford Quilt Lecture series recently. The inaugural lecture was presented August 1 and 2, 2009 by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi in conjunction with the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show.  The second lecture was presented by Quilt Appraiser Holly Anderson August 8, 2009. Both lectures were inspiring, educational and entertaining.

Check this web site frequently for notice of future lectures.

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.

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