“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!

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.

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.

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.

Quilt Show at Georgia Capitol

A Mountain of Brown Sugar by Bessie Barnett, Maxine Moore and Rosalind Newell

The Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum is holding its first quit show on Monday, January 31, 2011 under the Gold Dome at the Georgia State Capitol Building, 214 State Capitol, Atlanta 30334. This is a one day show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. There are 46 quilts in the exhibit representing all parts of Georgia.

A Mountain of Brown Sugar (shown above) will be among the quilts in the show. It was contributed by the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild and was made by quilters Bessie Barnett, Maxine Moore and Rosalind Newell. All of the quilts will be auctioned after the exhibit, and the proceeds will benefit the Southeastern Quilt & Textile Museum.

Visit the Georgia Quilt Council for more info.

Santa Baby

Santa Baby by Rosalind Newell

It may be a little late to change your ways if you haven’t been good all year, but it is worth a try. The young lady in this quilt thinks she can convince Santa she has been good.

This cute Christmas quilt called Santa Baby  is by Rosalind Newell.

Stargazer

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.”

Hearts and Houses

Hearts and Houses by Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt of the week in the June 20, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  honors Ms. Ollivette Allison, an extraordinary woman who passed away recently. Before joining her fellow angels in heaven, she left an indelible mark on this world. For over 59 years, she worked at the Carrie Steele Pitts Home, becoming its executive director in 1976. During that time she personally touched and impacted the lives of over 6000 children.

Soon after its formation, the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild adopted the Carrie Steele Pitts Home and its children as its primary service project, thanks to member Rosalind Newell. Each year, the guild made quilts for the children so that they would have something special to call their own.The joy of making the quilts for the children and the gratitude of the children receiving them became a remarkable partnership over the years.

Rosalind Newell

The featured quilt is called Hearts and Houses. It was a group project organized by Rosalind to help raise funds for the Carrie Steele Pitts Home. It did indeed bring a substantial price for the home. Other quilters who helped Rosalind make this extraordinary quilt are Maxine Moore, Bessie Barnett, Cathy Johnson, Marva Swanson, Nina  Moore and O.V. Brantley.

Hearts and Houses is truly a special quilt — not because it is beautiful, but because of what it did to help others.

A Mother’s Heart

A Mother's Heart, by Maxine Moore

The featured quilt  of the week in the February 7, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is the perfect quilt for Valentines Week. It is called A Mother’s Heart, and it was created by Maxine Moore.

Maxine Moore

Maxine created this 74 x 64 inch quilt in 2008 for Mrs. Yvonne Rubens’s 80th birthday at the request of Mrs. Rubens’ daughter  and fellow quilter Rosalind Newell.  The large heart pattern was created by Maxine from strategically placed variations on nine-patch blocks. The crimson and cream colors were chosen because Mrs. Rubens has been a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority since her college years. Rosalind also wanted the heart to remind her mother that she is loved and appreciated.
 
A Mother’s Heart was part of the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. It is part of  Mrs. Rubens’ permanent collection of heirloom quilts.

Gifts of the Christmas Spirit

Gifts of the Christmas Spirit by Rosalind Newell

We are all hoping to find that special gift under the Christmas tree, but the featured quilt in the December 20, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas.  Gifts of the Christmas Spirit was created by Rosalind Newell. 
 

Rosalind Newell

This quilt, which measures 43 x 33 inches, consists of nine blocks of beautifully wrapped packages. On each gift, Rosalind has embroidered a word that reminds us of the true spirit of Christmas. Words on the packages include, love, joy, faithfulness and peace. The sashing between the gifts creates a secondary star pattern. 
 

This would be a great quilt to cuddle up under if you do not receive that longed for gift under the tree. Always remember the reason for the season.

Dancing Poinsettias

Dancing Poinsettias, 45 x 45 inches by Rosalind Newell, 2008. Photo by India Brantley

You should have your home decorated for the holidays by now, but if not, here’s a quilt to get you started. It is called Dancing Poinsettias and was created by Rosalind Newell.

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind appliquéd the poinsettias by hand using the needle turn method. The machine quilting was done by Janna Bigelow. It is currently on display at the Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center as part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts. The Bowden Center is located at  2885 Church Street, East Point, GA.

Now run out and buy some poinsettias.

Periodot Sunflower in a World of Its Own

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise by Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell has a flair for naming her quilts, and the March 15, 2009, featured quilt of the week in the Start Your Week With A Quilt newsletter is no exception. She has named it Peridot Sunflower on the Starship Enterprise.

This quilt was made in a class taught by Maxine Moore.  The purpose of the class was to learn a new technique called “piece-liqué.” The technique, created by renowned quilter Sharon Schamber, is a way to make a curved appliqué  quilt by piecing it on a sewing machine. 

When asked how did she come up with the name of the quilt Roz says, “the green is peridot, my August birthstone. It looks like it is floating in space on the black batik background –hence the Starship Enterprise.”

Rosalind Newell

Rosalind Newell

Then she adds slyly,  “Maybe Lieutenant Worf gave it to me!!”

For Startrek fans, Roz always had a crush on Lieutenant Worf. He is her kind of specimen. For those who don’t have a clue about Startrek, I can’t explain it here. Just enjoy the quilt!

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