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.

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