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.

Dream the Impossible Dream

Dream the Impossible Dream by Latifah Shakir

In honor of President’s Day, the featured quilt of the week in the September 20, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Dream the Impossible Dream. It was created by Latifah Shakir to commemorate the candidacy and presidency of President Barack Obama.  
 
Although Latifah has dabbled in  other creative endeavors, Dream the Impossible Dream was her first quilt. Like so many others –quilters and non-quilters– Latifah was very moved by the candidacy of President Barack Obama and felt she just had to make this quilt. 

Latifah Shakir

To create her 64 x 60 inch abstract composition, Latifah used red, white and blue recycled materials and added lots of embellishments. She says the decorative threads and yarn represent the many roads President Obama traveled, and the buttons represent the crowds of people who came to see him.
 
Latifah says, “I experienced excitement, frustration, highs and lows during the election of 2008; however, it was worth it. The making of this quilt will live with me forever.”

When a Man Loves a Woman

When a Man Loves a Woman by Aleathia Chisolm

The featured quilt of the week in the February 13, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called When a Man Loves a Woman. It was created by Aleathia Chisolm.  
 
This quilt is my all time favorite Valentine’s Day quilt. Aleathia captures in this quilt what most ladies are looking for — a man who will cherish and adore them. 

Aleathia Chisolm

To create this quilt, Aleathia first pieced the black and white background from squares of different fabrics. She then appliquéd the man and woman on top. The loving couple is framed by three borders.
 
See more of Aleathia’s work at 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.

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.

Gratitude for Keri

Gratitude for Keri by Shannon Turner

The featured quilt of the week in the January 23, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Gratitude For Keri.  It was created by Shannon Turner.

This quilt is actually part of a series of 14 quilts. Recently, Shannon was placed on total bed rest for 48 days before the birth of her son Joshuah. Nurses at the Rockdale Medical Center took care of her around the clock with incredible dedication. Once Shannon and Joshuah were home safe and healthy, Shannon decided that each of the 16 nurses who cared for her deserved a quilt! Gratitude For Keri is one of them. Each of the quilts is named Gratitude For with the nurse’s name completing the title.

I am sure that none of the nurses expected such an amazing gift, but service to others does have its rewards.

See more of Shannon’s work at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival©, July 31, 2011 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Behind Every Great Man

Behind Every Great Man by Anita Crosby

The featured quilt of the week in the January 16, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Behind Every Great Man.  It was created by Anita Crosby.

Anita Crosby

Each year as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, I am drawn to this quilt. It is a quilt with a clear message that needs no explanation. With only two powerful images, Anita reminds us that whatever Dr. King’s many accomplishments, his wife Coretta was there supporting his efforts every step of the way.
 
See more of Anita’s work at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival©, July 31, 2011 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Maui Flower Power

Maui Flower Power by Jeanette Walton

The featured quilt of the week in the January 9, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Maui Flower Power.  It was created by Jeanette Walton.
 
This is the perfect quilt for the second week in January. Most of us are wishing we were anywhere the snow is not. Since we cannot pick up and leave town, Maui Flower Power will have to serve as your “staycation”.

Jeanette Walton

Jeanette used bright batiks to coordinate with the Hawaiian floral print. The circle pattern gives the quilt a modern art feel. The theme of the 50 x 41 inch quilt is carried out in the border with parts of the brightly stripped pieced fabrics extending into the dark blue border.

Maui Flower Power was exhibited at 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival©. See more of Jeanette’s work at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival©, July 31, 2011 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Fortitude

Fortitude by Nina Moore

The featured quilt of the week in the January 2, 2011 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Fortitude.  It was created by Nina Moore.
 
Fortitude features abstract patchwork in purple, yellow and brown. It is machine pieced, machine quilted and embellished with glass beads, metal beads and fabric beads. It measures 30 x 31 inches.

Nina Moore

An abstract quilt, like an abstract painting, allows your mind to extract whatever meaning you wish. Sometimes the title gives a clue as to what the creator of the work was thinking. Since Nina named her quilt Fortitude, I see strength in  the browns and happiness in the yellows. From strength comes happiness. 
 
Fortitude was exhibited at 2010 Atlanta Quilt Festival. See more of Nina’s work at the 2011 Quilt Festival, July 31, 2011 – August 13, 2011 at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA.

Christmas in July

Christmas in July by Marva Swanson

The featured quilt of the week in the December 26, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called Christmas in July.  It was created by Marva Swanson.

Marva Swanson

Unfortunately, this is another quilt where the picture does not do it justice. This quilt, made of Christmas holly, has thousands of red crystals that make the holly come alive. Since we will ring in a new year in a few days, this quilt will add lots of sparkly fireworks to your celebration.
 
Embellishments such as crystals are another step on the quilting journey. I am sure your grandmother never put crystals in her quilt, but modern quilters continue to embrace the quilt as art.
 
To see  Christmas in July  in person, visit the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Facility in East Point, Georgia. It is part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts.

All That Glitters is Not Gold

All That Glitters is Not Gold by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt of the week in the December 19, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter is called All That Glitters is Not Gold. It was created by Bessie Barnett.

Bessie Barnett

This quilt features many symbols of the season including stockings, Christmas trees ornaments and reindeer. What the picture does not show very well is that most of the fabrics have a gold metallic overlay. In person, this quilt glitters!

Bessie often includes proverbs in her quilting that leave us with a piece of wisdom in addition to the beauty of the quilt.  All That Glitters is Not Gold is no exception. This well known message is a great reminder that we should not get caught  up in the glitz of the season. Instead, appreciate what matters — friends, family and making others happy.

Christmas Present Tree

Christmas Presents Tree by Vanessa Brown

The featured quilt of the week in the December 12, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is  called Christmas Present Tree. It was created by Vanessa Brown.

Vanessa Brown

Are your worried about what is under your Christmas tree. No worries! This clever quilt features Christmas presents stacked to form a Christmas tree. Each present is wrapped in colorful Christmas fabrics. The tree is framed by a poinsettia border.

This quilt along with other quilts part of the Clara Ford Foundation Christmas Tour of Quilts can be seen at the Bowden Senior Multi-Purpose Center in East Point, GA.

Enjoy!

Christmas Cheater

Christmas Cheater by Laura Sorton

The featured quilt of the week in the December 5, 2010 edition of the  Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is technically called Merry Christmas, but I have secretly named it Christmas Cheater. It was created by Laura Sorton. 

Laura Sorton

Laura calls this quilt a cheater quilt because it was made from a preprinted panel. These type of quilts are usually not up to Laura’s standards, but when I told her I needed a Christmas quilt from all of my friends to hang in a senior center, she had no choice. (Laura made a quilt that has a pieced back that has over 2000 pieces, so you get my drift).

Personally, to me the quilt is no less beautiful because it started with a pre-printed panel. Most people would not know unless you told them anyway. So even though you know the secret of this quilt, I hope it helps to get you in a happy holiday spirit. And for you quilters out there who wanted to give someone special a quilt but thought you did not have the time, here’s your answer. Cheater quilts are loved as much as blue ribbon quilts!

Fashionable Feathered Friends

Fashionable Feathered Friends, by Bessie Barnett

The featured quilt in the November 28, 2010 edition of the Start Your Week With a Quilt newsletter  is called Fashionable Feathered Friends, and it was created by Bessie Barnett. I just love these girls!

Bessie Barnett

Bessie appliquéd each block to create the chickens and the high heel, etc. However, the embellishments on this quilt make it special. A close inspection of one of these girls reveals she went to the nail salon and got herself some acrylic nails!

I am sure this quilt tugs at the heart of all of us old girls who love to dress up and hit the town!

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.”

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