Family Tree

Family Tree by Beulah Smiley

This week, all across America, families will gather to share food, fun and fellowship. Shown here is Beulah Smiley’s quilt called Family Tree.  Beulah made this quilt for the  Brown Sugar Stitcher’s 10th anniversary challenge and then exhibited it in the 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival held at the South Fulton Arts Center.  It is a perfect quilt, however,  to honor this week of family gatherings.

Enjoy this week of festive food and family.

White Blossom

White Blossom by Marquetta Bell Johnson

The featured quilt in the March 27, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt  newsletter is called White Blossom. It was created by Marquetta Bell Johnson.
 
This is the time of year when everyone focuses on what is growing in their yard. We anxiously await the first beautiful blooms of spring and get ready to battle the weeds.

Marquetta Bell-Johnson

Marquetta’s quilt White Blossom is made from her luscious hand dyed fabrics so don’t run out to the quilt store looking for these exact fabrics. The flowers are appliqued and placed in a special vase that is embellished with beads. A pieced border completes the colorful bouquet.
 
To see more of Marquetta’s beautiful quilts using her hand dyed fabrics, visit the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival which will be held July 31 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Start Your Week With a Quilt Newsletter is On Vacation

O.V. Brantley

The Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is on vacation. Look for it again in May. Quilters, if you enjoy the newsletter, please resolve to help the editor. Send lots of quilt pictures and quilt stories to ovbrant@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, continue to live your best life and always stay on the high road.

Tea by the Sea

Tea By the Sea by Clemetene Cosby

The featured quilt of the week in the March 20, 2011 Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Tea By the Sea. It was created by Clemetene Cosby.

Clemetene Cosby

I have found that quilts are best enjoyed when you know the story they are trying to tell you. Cleme says that when she ran across the picture of these stylish ladies enjoying the beach, they were drinking something a little stronger than tea and were probably a little tipsy. Cleme turned them into proper ladies sipping their tea as well-mannered ladies should — legs crossed properly with gloves laid across the lap just so.
 
There’s nothing like a good makeover!
  
To see more of Cleme’s provocative quilts, visit the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival which will be held July 31 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

A Season of Chaos to: Whatever!!!!

A Season of Chaos to : Whatever!!!! by Charlotte Lindsey

The featured quilt of the week in the March 13, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called A Season of Chaos To:  WHATEVER !!!!  It was created by Charlotte Lindsey.

Charlotte’s quilt was her entry for the annual Tri-Guild Challenge which is held each January between three or more quilt guilds in the metro area. The challenge this year was to make a self-portrait quilt. 

Charlotte Lindsey

Charlotte says the past year has been a challenging year for her, but she is determined not to let anything get her down. She is determined to re-invent herself to make sure she continues to enjoy life. On the back of her quilt, she included the phrase “A new attitude stepping out of the zone.” Looking at her quilt and looking at the sweet woman below, I would definitely agree she is stepping out of the zone!
 
To see more of Charlotte’s provocative quilts, visit the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival which will be held July 31 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Butterfly on the Wall

Butterfly on the Wall by Jackie Jackson-Harvey

It’s not quite spring yet, but we can already see signs that it is just around the corner. Daffodils have popped up. Pollen is in the air, and we are starting your week with a butterfly quilt. The featured quilt of the week in the March 6, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Butterfly on the Wall. It was created by Jackie Jackson-Harvey.

Jackie Jackson-Harvey

This round quilt, which is 48 inches in diameter,  was created by using a special wedge-shaped ruler to cut the strips. Jackie used cotton, silk and rayon fabrics leftover from her home decorating project so that her butterfly would match her home decor. Her quilt is pieced and quilted on her machine.
 
Butterfly on the Wall was part of the 2009 Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Show. To see more of Jackie’s beautiful quilts, visit the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival© which will be held July 31 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon by Aisha Lumumba

I wanted to close out Back History Month with a bang, and when I want a “wow” quilt, I can always count on Aisha Lumumba. Her quilt Once in a Blue Moon is the featured quilt of the week in the February 27, 2011 edition of the  Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter.

Aisha Lumumba

Aisha creates a striking woman of incredible beauty who obviously has adorned herself with her finest apparel. Aisha creates that effect by piecing a patchwork of many different fabrics to create her dress. A blue moon illuminates her, and by placing her on a gold background, it is as if she has stepped from darkness into light.
 
Since Aisha has chosen to name her quilt Once in a Blue Moon, I conclude that this lady does not dress up very often. However, she has decided on this day she will become her authentic, beautiful self.
 
To see more of Aisha’s striking quilts, visit her newly launched web site at www.obaquilts.com.

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