Diva Dolls Star at 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Dolls at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Aretha Franklin was not the only star at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Diva dolls also had a starring role at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Here are some of them.

Cookie Patterson  curated  the doll exhibit which was featured July 29, 2012 during the Opening Reception of the Festival. The Festival was held at the South Fulton Arts Center and Hammonds House Museum. It is held annually the first two weeks in August.

More dolls at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

“R.E.S.P.E.C.T.” is Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba, Winner of Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival.

Aisha Lumumba

The attendees at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival voted R.E.S.P.E.C.T. by Aisha Lumumba Best of Show in the juried exhibit at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Thank you to all who voted.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival is held the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center and at Hammonds House Museum.

Congratulations,  Aisha!

“Patchwork” is First Runner Up for Best of Show at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Patchwork by Nina Moore

Nina Moore

The attendees at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival voted Nina Moore’s quilt Patchwork First Runner-Up for Best of Show in the  juried exhibit of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Thank you to all who voted.

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival is held the first two weeks in August at the South Fulton Arts Center and at Hammonds House Museum.

Congratulations, Nina!

Join Aisha Lumumba For Quilts and Stories Today at South Fulton Arts Center

If Quilts Could Talk by AIsha Lumumba

Aisha Lumumba, a well known author and quilt artist, will show her quilts and share the stories behind them during the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Join Aisha Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center at 1 p.m. for a heartwarming experience. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Aisha Lumumba

Visit Aisha’s web site to see some of her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.obaquilts.com.

Aisha has recently published two books that are available on Amazon. They areGifted: Art Quilts Featuring African American History Makers and If Quilts Could Talk (My Quilts, My Stories).

This presentation is geared toward an adult audience. It is free and open to the public.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Red and White Quilt Exhibit Continues Through August 11

Roses are Red by O.V. Brantley

The Atlanta Quilt Festival Exhibit continues through August 11, 2012 at South Fulton Arts Center. You will not want to miss the beautiful collection of red and white quilts.

The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. It is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

See you at the Festival!

Don’t Miss Maria Elkins’ Lecture and Trunk Show Saturday

Windblown by Maria Elkins

Maria Elkins is the guest lecturer for the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Maria is well known for her portrait quilts which have won national prizes.

Maria Elkins

Her lecture and trunk show will take place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center. Come early and view the free quilt exhibit that showcases over 50 quilts. A reception will follow Maria’s lecture.

The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Visit Maria’s web site to learn more about her and to see her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.mariaelkins.com.

You will not want to miss this exceptional opportunity to meet Maria and see her amazing quilts up close and personal.

Desert Garden is Winner of Best Art Quilt

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Desert Garden by Marquetta Bell-Johnson was chosen by the judges as Best Art Quilt  at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt is a desert scene that features Marquetta’s hand dyed fabrics and her signature yo-yo’s.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Sparkling Bloom is First Runner Up in the Art Quilt Category

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby

Sparkling Bloom by Brenda Shelby was chosen by the judges as First Runner-Up in the Art Quilt Category at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt features curved piecing and is embellished with crystals.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Splash From My Stash is Winner of Best Traditional Quilt

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm

Splash From My Stash by Aleathia Chisolm was chosen by the judges as Best Traditional Quilt  at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. This quilt is based on the bargello pattern which Aleathia made entirely from her stash.

The quilts in  the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

Out of Africa was First Runner Up in the Traditional Quilt Category

Out of Africa by Melinda Rushing

Out of Africa by Melinda Rushing was chosen by the judges as First Runner Up in the Traditional Quilt Category. This quilt is based on an original block by Nicole Blackwell which Nicole created for the book Trip Around the World. It is composed of log cabin blocks with appliqué.

The quilts in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival exhibit are absolutely amazing! They are definitely a must see. The exhibit will remain up through August 11th at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Center is open daily from 10 – 5 p.m., but will be open until 7 p.m. Friday, August 3, 2012. It is closed Sunday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. While there, make sure you cast your vote for the one quilt that you think is BEST OF SHOW.

See a Blue Ribbon Quilt During the Opening Reception of the Atlanta Quilt Festival

Jewels in the Castle Wall by Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette Walton’s Blue Ribbon quilt called Jewels in the Castle Wall will make a guest appearance during the opening reception of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens Sunday, July 29, 2012 at noon at the South Fulton Arts Center. The Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Jewels in the Castle Wall won a Blue Ribbon at the East Cobb Quilt Show last year in the two-person quilt category. The exquisite quilting on this quilt was done by Leona Harden. This is a rare opportunity to see a Blue Ribbon quilt up close and personal. You will not be disappointed.

See you at the Festival!

Aisha Lumumba Will Tell Her Quilt Stories During the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Simple Play, by Aisha Lumumba, 2009.

Aisha Lumumba, a well known author and quilt artist, will show her quilts and share the stories behind them during the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Join Aisha Saturday, August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center at 1 p.m. for a heartwarming experience. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Visit Aisha’s web site to see some of her amazing quilts. Her web site iswww.obaquilts.com.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha has recently published two books that are available on Amazon. They areGifted: Art Quilts Featuring African American History Makers and If Quilts Could Talk (My Quilts, My Stories).

This presentation is geared toward an adult audience. It is free and open to the public.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Have You Always Wanted to Learn To Quilt?

In the Tall Grass by Nina Moore

The Clara Ford Foundation will offer a Beginning Quilting class Saturday, August 11, 2012. The class is part of the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival activities.

Nina Moore

The class will be taught by Nina Moore at the South Fulton Arts Center from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. A sewing machine is required for this class.

The class is free, but space is limited so youmust register. Please contact Nina Moore at nmoore9548@aol.com to register and to receive further details about the class.

If you have always wanted to learn to quilt, this is a great way to get started.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Entry Forms For 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival Due June 30

The deadline for your entry into the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival is June 30, 2012. Here are  the details.

The Clara Ford Foundation seeks original quilts and dolls for its 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The theme is A Legacy of Quilting — “Look What Big Mama Started.”

If you love sharing your quilts, click on the link below to get all the details about entering you quilt in the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. All quilters welcome – beginners and professionals. Cash prizes will be awarded to  three quilts: Best Traditional, Best Art Quilt and Best of Show. 

Quilts must be no larger than 60 x 60 inches. The entry fee for each quilt is $10.00. Quilts must be available for exhibition fromJuly 27, 2012 – August 13, 2012.

CLICK HERE FOR QUILT ENTRY DETAILS:  Forms for 2012 Show. Please mail the form by June 30, 2012 or email Marva Swanson for an extension. Email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net with questions or for more information.

See you at the Festival! Meanwhile, follow the Clara Ford Foundation on Facebook for the latest news.

Maria Elkins will headline 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival

Windblown by Maria Elkins

The Clara Ford Foundation and Hammonds House Museum has announced that Maria Elkins will headline the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. Maria is well known for her award winning portrait quilts such as the one shown above.

Her lecture and trunk show will take place Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the South Fulton Arts Center. The South Fulton Arts Center is located at 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Admission is $10.00 at the door.

Earlier in the day from 9 – 3 p.m., Maria will conduct a master quilter’s workshop for 20 participants. She will teach her “Drawn and Painted Portrait” workshop. The cost for this workshop is $65.00. Please email Marva Swanson at mmswan@bellsouth.net if interested. Act quickly because space is limited.

Visit Maria’s web site to learn more about her and to see her amazing quilts. Her web site is www.mariaelkins.com.

You will not want to miss this exceptional opportunity to meet Maria and see her amazing quilts up close and personal.

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.

Just Friends

Just Friends by Nina Moore, 2011. Photo by India Brantley

One of the best loved past times of quilters is to exchange blocks. These exchanges may have rules such as being required to use a certain color, a certain block, etc. Sometimes there are no rules.

Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week is called Just Friends by Nina Moore. A group of eight friends contributed two blocks each to make this 16 block quilt. Nina’s color choice for the sashing makes a stunning quilt.

Just Friends was exhibited at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival along with three of the other quilts from this exchange. See more of Nina’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012  and continuing through August 11, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. Nina will also teach a Beginning Quilting class at South Fulton Arts Center on August 11, 2012.

Rotation of Cross

Rotation of Cross by Mary Maynard

Mary Maynard

In recognition of the holy season, this week’s featured quilt is Rotation of Cross by Mary Maynard. Mary used a stained glass window technique learned in a class taught by Regina Carter.

Rotation of Cross won Best of Show at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival. See more of Mary’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. The Festival will continue through August 11, 2012.

Mae’s Garden

Mae's Garden by Elisa Woods

Plant nurseries were jam packed this weekend with people buying new plants for their yards and gardens. If you don’t have a green thumb but love plants, this week’s featured quilt is for you.

Elisa Woods

The featured quilt of the week is called Mae’s Garden by quilter Elisa Woods. The pattern is called Blooming Nine Patch. The pattern makes an amazing quilt so long as you choose your fabrics carefully.

You can see more of Elisa’s work at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival opening July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Meanwhile, this quilt should get you in a spring time mood.

Small Steps

Small Steps by Marquetta Bell-Johnson, 2011. Photo by India Brantley.

With the first hints of spring in the air, it seemed appropriate to show a happy quilt. Small Steps by Marquetta Bell-Johnson is happy and bright.

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Small Steps was exhibited at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival, and it made all who saw it smile. Like all of Marquetta’s quilts, it is made from her hand-dyed fabrics, and it is hand quilted. Marquetta shares her hand-dying technique in her book Hand Dyed Quilts which is available on Amazon.

To see more of Marquetta’s work, visit the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens July 29, 2012 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

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