African Girl

African Girl by Patricia Batine

Patricia Batine

The featured quilt of the week is called African Girl. She was created by Patricia Batine. This quilt is part of the Sewjourner’s Quilt Guild exhibit at the Southwest Arts Center.

The Southwest Art Center is located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA. The exhibit will remain on display until May 18, 2012.

Sewjourners Quilt Guild Exhibit at SW Arts Center

Home and Hearth by Sewjourners Quilt Guild

The featured quilt of the week is called Home and Hearth. It was a group project by the members of the Sewjourners Quilt Guild.

The Sewjourners Quilt Guild opened its ninth annual exhibit Friday night with a large and appreciative crowd at the Southwest Arts Center. One of the highlights of the exhibit was Home and Hearth that was won by a lucky attendee.

The exhibit will remain on display until May 18, 2012. The Southwest Arts Center is located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA.

In Memory of Sandra Holliday

Watermelon Man by Sandra Holliday

Fellow quilter Sandra Holliday passed away June 16, 2011. Her homegoing service will be held today at 10 a.m. at Elizabeth Baptist Church.

Sandra Holliday

Sandra was a member of the Sewjourners Quilt Guild. She loved collecting black memorabilia, and often reflected that passion in her quilts. Her quilt Watermelon Man was such a quilt.

Her fresh point of view will be missed in the Atlanta quilting community.

Sister Freedom

Sister Freedom by Wardean Miller

The featured quilt of the week in the February 6, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is  called Sister Freedom. It was created by Wardean Miller
 
Wardean says she was inspired to create this quilt featuring Sojourner Truth after she attended the unveiling of a bronze bust of Sojourner Truth in the State Capitol On April 28, 2009. First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the bust.
 

Wardean Miller

Wardean, who is an accomplished artist, painted Sojourner Truth on fabric and framed her with a pieced border. The quilt was quilted on her machine.

 
Sister Freedom was exhibited at the 2010 Uncommon Threads Quilt Exhibit that was sponsored by the Sewjourners Quilt Guild. The exhibit was held at the Southwest Arts Center in May. Plan now to attend the 2011 exhibit.

Life’s Journey

Life's Journey by Yvonne Bernal

The  featured quilt of the week in the June 6, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Life’s Journey, and it was created by Yvonne Bernal. Life’s Journey is a great example of a genre of quilts called journal quilts.
 
Journal quilts are very small art  quilts usually no bigger than a sheet of paper. Quilters began using this quilt form to try new techniques or ideas

Yvonne Bernal

without a large investment in time or supplies. Also, we know that keeping a journal is therapeutic, and making a journal quilt is no different.These quilts often chronicle what the quilter is feeling at the time. It may be joy, frustration, tragedy, inspiration, a memorable event, etc. 
 
Only Yvonne knows what was on her mind the day she created Life’s Journey, but we all can agree that she created an amazing piece of art.

Watermelon

Watermelon by Sandra Holliday

Just in time for the beginning of summer, the featured quilt of the week in the May 30, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week with a Quilt newsletter is called Watermelon, and it was created by Sandra Holliday.
 
Sandra is an avid collector of black memorabilia, and now it seems she has begun a collection of watermelon quilts. She also made a quilt called Watermelon Man that was featured in the newsletter.

Sandra Holliday

The focus fabric in this quilt depicts watermelon slices. The bright greens and black complement the watermelon fabric in a traditional block setting.
 
Watermelon was part of the Sewjourners Quilt Guild exhibit that ended May 31 at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Drive, Atlanta, GA.

Down By the Sea Shore

Down By the Sea Shore by Rhonda Barrow

The featured quilt of the week in the May 23, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Down By the Sea Shore,  and it was created by Rhonda Barrow.
 
Rhonda has created a beautiful beachscape quilt with her careful choice of fabrics and embellishments. The use of embellishments such as yarn, sequins and shells give the quilt a realistic quality. measures 24 x 48 inches. It was featured at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta as part of the Sewjourners Quilt Guild exhibit through May 31, 2010.  
 
 I know this quilt makes you want to pack up and head to the beach. Go ahead,. What’s keeping you?  
 

Rhonda Barrow

Down by the Sea Shore

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones by Brenda Shelby

The featured quilt of the week in the May 9, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Stepping Stones and it was created by Brenda Shelby.  Sometimes quilting is like opening a big box of 64 Crayola crayons. The creative choices seem endless.

Brenda Shelby

To make Stepping Stones, Brenda says she went into her fabric stash and discovered all of the batiks in this quilt on her shelf. The layout of the quilt evokes memories of crossing a small stream by jumping from stone to stone to get across.
 
The 38 x 38 inch quilt was made for a Mennonite relief sale. Brenda pieced and quilted Stepping Stones on her machine.

Swanson’s Tumbling in Space Juried into International Quilt Festival

Tumbling in Space by Marva Swanson, 2009. Photo by India Brantley.

Marva Swanson’s quilt Tumbling In Space has been selected for inclusion in the special exhibit In the American Tradition 2010 at the International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston October 30, 2010 – November 7, 2010.  From many exceptional entries for this edition of the exhibit,  only  39 quilts were chosen, and Tumbling in Space was one of them.  The exhibit will also travel in 2011 to various International Quilt Festival and Market sponsored shows.  

Marva Swanson

Tumbling in Space made its debut at the Brown Sugar Stitchers 2009 Quilt Show. It is currently part of the Sewjourners Quilt Show at Southwest Arts Center until May 31, 2010.

Marva is the Program Director for the Clara Ford Foundation, and is curating the Foundation’s first Atlanta Quilt Festival A Legacy of Quilting — Look What Big Mama Started. The Atlanta Quilt Festival  will be held at the South Fulton Arts Center August 1 -13, 2010.   We can’t wait to see what amazing quilt Marva debuts at the Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Congratulations!

Sewjourners Quilt Show Opens Friday

The 7th Annual Sewjourners Quilt Guild Quilt Show opens this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331. The exhibit is called Uncommon Threads Seven.

 If past shows are any indication, there will be some amazing quilts in this show. The exhibit will remain up until May 31, 2010.

 

My Point of View

My Point of View by Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the January 24, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called My Point of View. It was created by Nina Moore.
 
Each year the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild, the Intown Quilt Guild and the Phoenix Quilt Guild, all guilds in the Atlanta area,  issue a challenge, then meet together in January to view the results of the challenge. This year the Sewjourners Quilt Guild participated, making it a four-guild challenge. The challenge this year was to make an original quilt reflecting the seasons. My Point of View won the challenge.
 

Nina Moore

Nina, who has a lake outside her back door, attempted to capture the view from her home as the seasons change. Each of the four blocks in the quilt represents one of the seasons. The changes are evident most notably by the leaves on the trees.
 
Congratulations to Nina and all of the quilters who participated in the four-guild challenge!

Family Village of Love

Family Village of Love by Linda Poindexter

Family Village of Love by Linda Poindexter

 Family Village of Love was featured in the June 7, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter. It was created by Linda Poindexter.

Linda Poindexter

Linda Poindexter

The center of this quilt is a whole cloth panel that Linda has embellished with lots of amazing beading. The border is a machine pieced array of African prints, and the entire quilt was quilted by hand.

Family Village of Love was recently featured in the 2009 Sewjourners Quilt Guild quilt show, and was quite a show stopper.

Big Fish in a Little Pond

Big Fish in a Little Pond by Marva Swanson

Big Fish in a Little Pond by Marva Swanson

You may have seen this quilt before, but since it is one of my all time favorite quilts, I decided it was okay to show it again. The name of this quilt says it all — Big Fish in a Little Pond by Marva Swanson. It was featured in the March 8, 2009 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.

Marva Swanson

Marva Swanson

Marva made this quilt for the proverbial challenge issued by the Sewjourners Quilt Guild in 2007. The challenge was to make a quilt that represented an old proverb or wise saying. 

That fish looks awfully important floating around in that small pond doesn’t she? I know some people like that. 

Uncommon Threads at Southwest Art Center

The Sewjourners Quilt Guild will present “Uncommon Threads, An Exhibit of Traditional and Contemporary Quilted Works” March 23, 2007 – April 21, 2007. The exhibit is being held at the Southwest Art Center, 915 New Hope Road, in Atlanta, GA.
Featured quilters are Elaine Banks, Rhonda Barrow, N. Yvonne Bernal, Georgia Dilworth, Cynthia Feathers, Jean Freeman, Tisya Freeman, Rosalyn Grimes, Joyce Cosby Harris, Andrea Lawrence, Cheryl Maxfield, Linda Poindexter, Brenda Shelby, Phyllis Stewart-Smith, Marva Swanson, Terumi Todd and Gretchen White. The quilt shown here was created by Marva Swanson.

The opening reception is March 23, 3007 from 7 – 9 p.m. For more information call the Southwest Arts Center at 404 – 505 3220.

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