My Wine Themed Quilts Will be Part of 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival

 

Sitting on My Patio With a Glass of Merlot, 48 x 48 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

Sitting on My Patio With a Glass of Merlot, 48 x 48 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

Two of my quilts will be part of the exhibit featuring wine-themed quilts at the 2014 Atlanta Quilt Festival. The Festival opens Sunday, July 27, 2014 at noon at South Fulton Arts Center and closes August 9, 2014. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Sitting on My Patio With a Glass of Merlot is a traditional log cabin quilt embellished with wine them buttons. Vineyard Star at Sunset features a center star surrounded my African and wine themed fabrics.

For more information about the Atlanta Quilt Festival, visit ClaraFordFoundation.org.

Vineyard Star at Sunset, 42 x 42 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013.

Vineyard Star at Sunset, 42 x 42 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013.

I Believe in Angels — Ephesus, Turkey

 

I Believe in Angels #16, 32 x 32 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at www.etsy.com/shop/OVBrantleyQuilts

I Believe in Angels #16, 32 x 32 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at http://www.etsy.com/shop/OVBrantleyQuilts

Today we visited sacred land. We are in Ephesus, Turkey where Mary, Mother of Jesus, lived her last days.

Be Brilliant

Be Brilliant, 48 x 48 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Be Brilliant, 48 x 48 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

I spoke to a group of high school girls recently. My message is always the same — no matter what setbacks life throws at you, get back up and be the best you can be.

My “Be” series expands on that message by incorporating a specific quality in a quilt. My latest quilt in the series is called Be Brilliant. It is the fifth quilt in the series. Others are Be Amazing, Be Fearless, Be Bossy and Be Calm.

Bon Voyage!

Enchantment of the Seas, 70 x 74 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002

Enchantment of the Seas, 70 x 74 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002

The long-awaited, dreamed about day is finally here! India and I leave from Rome, Italy today aboard the Celebrity Reflection for an 11-day Eastern Mediterranean Cruise. We are celebrating her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh, my 60th birthday, and because we deserve good things!

Bon Voyage!

Island City Visits DeKalb County Law Department

Island City, 70x 67 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2012. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Island City, 70x 67 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2012. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Island City is visiting the DeKalb County Law Department. It hangs behind the receptionist desk and brightens the entire hallway leading into the office.

This quilt is the perfect pick-me-up on a day you wish you were vacation.

Serene at Sixty

Serene at Sixty, 38 x 42 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

Serene at Sixty, 38 x 42 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

I started this quilt on January 1, 2014, the day I turned 60. I was in a happy place with no regrets. I finally finished hand quilting the quilt. The happiness continues.

Blessed. . . .

 

What Will Be Your Legacy?

Uncommon Legacy, 72 x 72 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Uncommon Legacy, 72 x 72 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

It’s graduation weekend at our house! India graduates from the University of Pittsburgh Sunday with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Medicine. She is happy, and I am proud.

Only she and I know the struggles we went through to make this day happen, but as we have said to each other over and over, “We did it!”

In our house, the concept of being a servant leader is a guiding light. I am so grateful that my daughter has chosen to live her life with that principle in mind. Like my quilt shown above, she is truly an uncommon legacy.

What will be your legacy? Will it be something that makes the world a better place?

India Brantley receives Greek Leader award.

India Brantley, a legacy member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Mu Chapter, receives Greek Leader award.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating Women

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #6, 26 x 24 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shoop/ovbrantleyquilts

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #6, 26 x 24 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Since we are celebrating women this month, I added two new quilts to my ETSY Studio Store. They are A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #6 and # 7. This series of quilts celebrates women who have a balanced life of accomplishment and fun.

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #7, 26 x 24 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shoop/ovbrantleyquilts

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #7, 26 x 24 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

My Music at Midnight Finds a New Home

My Music at Midnight, 38 x 45 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009.

My Music at Midnight, 38 x 45 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009.

Terry Phillips, one of the attorneys on my staff, celebrated 15 years with DeKalb County recently. He received a 15 year pin, cake and ice cream, well wishes from his colleagues and My Music at Midnight from me.

I chose this quilt for Terry because he loves music. Since we are celebrating Mardi Gras today, it seemed a perfect quilt to share with my readers as well.

Terry Phillips with My Music at Midnight

Terry Phillips with My Music at Midnight

Forever Friends Warms My Office

Friends Forever, 78 x 78 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009.

Forever Friends, 78 x 78 inch friendship quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2009.

In politics they say keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Since I don’t have any known enemies, I am keeping my friends as close as possible.

Forever Friends is a classic friendship quilt. Eight friends contributed 2 blocks each to this quilt. My 2 blocks are the purple star in the upper left hand corner and the black butterfly.

This quilt makes me happy when I enter my office.

Terry Phillips and Duane Pritchett hang "Forever Friends."

Terry Phillips and Duane Pritchett hang “Forever Friends.”