I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now that I only have five blocks remaining to appliqué. Yay! This is Alaskan Midnight Garden Block #20.
They say if you don’t know where you came from, you can’t know where you are going. If that is true, then it explains why A Piece of My Soul – Quilts by Black Arkansans by Cuesta Benberry touched me in a deeply personal way. I grew up in Arkansas, and my grandmother Clara Ford created […]
I don’t do a lot of baby quilts, but I create them for special people. Welcome to the World, Jazz Simone Milner is the latest quilt commissioned by prolific collector Judge Patsy Porter. The colors in the quilt coordinate with the colors in the nursery. Since the parents are obviously jazz enthusiasts, I chose a ballerina motif […]
Did you enjoy the Oscars? I always enjoy the beautiful gowns. It seems we never dress up anymore. However, for a political junkie like me, it was a banner year, and Michelle Obama’s appearance was the icing on the cake. P.S. I think Lincoln was the only movie with a quilt in it, so it […]
One of my treasured heirlooms Atlanta Album (This Ain’t Baltimore) was appraised during the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival by Holly Anderson. Quilt appraisals are one of the activities always offered during the Festival. The Clara Ford Foundation will sponsor the 2013 Atlanta Quilt Festival at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA the first two weeks in August. […]
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- My Quilts at the 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival
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- Desert Garden Wins Best Art Quilt at 2012 Atlanta Quilt Festival
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Martin’s Dream is spending the month of January at the Helene S. Mills Senior Multi-purpose Center in Atlanta. Flowers Hoping to Be Free returned home. Martin’s Dream is a traditional sampler quilt composed of 12 blocks. What makes it special is the border of black and white boys and girls holding hands. It took me a […]
I was part of a group of over 200 quilters who attended a two and a half day seminar at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA last week. Rick Tims, Alex Anderson and Libby Lehman were the stars of the show. I am still digesting what I learned, but there was definitely plenty of inspiration […]
Santa decided to add to India’s quilt collection. Uniquely India was under the Christmas tree. It contains all of India’s favorite colors. The back of the quilt adds to the theme with words like “cute girl, happy girl, sexy girl, lucky girl. I think the quilt was a hit. I hope it always reminds her […]
If you need a happy boost to your holiday spirit, check out my Christmas quilts on YouTube. I try to make at least one new Christmas quilt each year to add to my collection. I am still working on the 2012 addition. Shown here is Almost Christmas. As soon as the leaves start to turn, […]
I purchased a design wall from Keepsake Quilting. It is actually a large piece of batting that measure 72 x 72 inches. The blocks stick to it nicely. After using my floor as my design wall for years, it is nice to be able to audition my blocks on the wall. I am enjoying having […]
The top inner border of Choose to Bloom was a lot easier than the two side borders because the house block in the center takes up a lot of space. This is the top inner border of Choose to Bloom.
Since I am a certified chocoholic, I am always dreaming of chocolate, but at this time of year, so is everyone else. If your special person does not treat you to a box of chocolates for Valentines Day, enjoy my quilt Dreaming of Chocolate.
For me, Black History Month is a time to Rejoice Always! The change I have witnessed in my lifetime makes me feel like a living, breathing history book. Growing up in the segregated South I could barely imagine the life I have lived. My quilt Rejoice Always captures my gratitude perfectly. Observe Black History Month by taking a moment […]
February is Black History Month. We pause to remember those who affected our lives and to honor their memory. Just think, 50 or 100 years from now, quilters may pause to honor you and your quilts. Make it easy for them to get it right. Include a label on the back of each quilt you […]
I love quilts that depict strong women! A Woman of Sophisticated Substance is my newest series in this genre. Each quilt in this series begins with a silhouette of one or more elegant women. The embellishments on each quilt are added to convey a balanced life of fun and accomplishment to carry out the theme of […]
Most creative people keep a journal, and most of us start a new one at the beginning of each year. It is important to record those flashes of brilliance immediately lest they be lost forever — especially the older you get. My Give Yourself Flowers Today creativity journal is perfect for the artist or anyone who […]
For as long as I can remember, I have loved chocolate. I always have some kind of chocolate stashed in my home. I guess it was inevitable that I would make a “chocolate” quilt, and now I have. Dreaming of Chocolate is a lap quilt that measures 72 x 75 inches — just the right […]
Wishing you a Life of Simple Abundance in 2013!
Have you ever been so happy that you burst into song? That’s how I felt when I first saw the fabric that became Songburst. Songburst measures 27 x 46 inches. It starts with a printed sunflower panel that is framed with borders and embellished with pearle cotton thread and buttons to add texture. I quilted […]
My newest quilt may be the beginning of a series. It is called Be Amazing. The message is simple. Whatever you are doing each day, do it so well that people say, “She is amazing!” Be Amazing is an African strip quilt with the words “Be Amazing” appliqued on top of the strips. The quilt is […]
I love traditional quilts. I love red and white quilts. I love quilts with a message. Put all that together and you get one of my newest quilts — Flight Dreams. The quilt features 30 red birds in flight. Each bird is embellished with a black crystal eye. The picture does not do it justice, […]