Scrappy Treasure

Scrappy Treasure.002.2015

Each year on the first Saturday in December, I host a brunch for 20 of my closest quilting friends. We call it the “Fabric is Better Than Food Brunch”, and this tradition has lasted for 15 years.

Each year one of the quilters issues a challenge for the next year and gives each quilter one or more challenge fabrics that must be used in the quilt. This year’s challenge was to make a scrap quilt that included two challenge fabrics. Scrappy Treasure was my answer to the challenge. Counting from left to right, the challenge fabrics are # 15 and #26.

Scrappy Treasure is listed for sale in my Studio Store at Etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts. Visit O.V. Brantley Quilt Studio on Facebook to see pictures of the amazing show and tell at the brunch.

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Some of My Holiday Quilts Stayed Home

 

Flowers Hoping to Be Free.003.2005

Flowers Hoping to be Free, 75 x 75 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2005. 

After the Christmas trees are decorated and the stockings are hung, out come the Christmas quilts to take center stage.

I try to add to my collection as often as possible. I love Christmas!

A Child's Christmas.007.2003

A Child’s Christmas, 45 x 45 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2003.

Santa's Secret Weapon 001.2007

Santa’s Secret Weapon, 39 x 54 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2007.

Christmas After You Left.001.2010

Christmas After You Left, 38 x 45 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010. For sale at etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Stars Over My Christmas Garden.003.2008

Stars Over My Christmas Garden, 35 x 35 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2008. For sale at etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Ancestral Christmas.002.2012

Ancestral Christmas, 42×55 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2012. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Merry Chrismas004

Merry Christmas, 36 x 36 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002.

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Some of My Holiday Quilts Visited the Office

African Christmas, 65 x 75 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2004.

African Christmas, 65 x 75 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2004.

Several of my holiday quilts added to the festive atmosphere in the DeKalb County Law Department this holiday season. Staff and guests at our annual Holiday Open House always enjoy the quilts.

Believe! art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014

Believe! art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014

 

Joyful Noise, 68 x 74 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Joyful Noise, 68 x 74 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Christmas Traditions, 73 x 83 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2007

Christmas Traditions, 73 x 83 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2007

Stars Over My Christmas Garden, 35 x 35 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2008. For sale at www.ovbrant.etsy.com

Stars Over My Christmas Garden, 35 x 35 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2008. For sale at etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Almost Christmas, 54 x 72 inches, by O. V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at www.etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts.

Almost Christmas, 54 x 72 inches, by O. V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts.

Happy Holidays, 61 x 43 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010

Happy Holidays, 61 x 43 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010. For sale at etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

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Quilts Find New Homes at Neighbors Jewelry and Quilt Open House

Joyful Butterflies, art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015.

Joyful Butterflies, art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015.

Each year on the second Saturday in November, my neighbor Connie Marshall and I open her home to friends who collect our creations. Connie makes jewelry. I make quilts.

This year was the best ever. Attendance and sales exceeded all expectations. Below are some of my quilts that went home with new owners.

Connie and I thank you for being so supportive. See you next year on November 12th!

Let's Pull Together, 31 x 32 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at ovbrant.etsy.com

Let’s Pull Together, 31 x 32 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. 

Heaven's Highway, 25 x 27 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Heaven’s Highway, 25 x 27 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. 

I Believe in Angels #20, 30 x 37 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

I Believe in Angels #20, 30 x 37 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. 

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #3, 26 x 24 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #3, 26 x 24 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. 

 

Happy Alone, 11 x 18 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010. For sale at www.ovbrant.etsy.com.

Happy Alone, 11 x 18 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010. 

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #8 art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015.

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #8 art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Life is Good, 72 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002.

Life is Good, 72 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002.

Thank you for loving my quilts!

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Italian Inspirations

My Southside Neighborhood, 66x81 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

My Southside Neighborhood, 66×81 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

I am a big believer in vacations. Why?

First, because they are educational. I never fail to learn something new on vacation.

Second, because they free your mind to re-imagine things.

Third, because they increase my gratitude factor. I am never so grateful for all the things I have at home as when I return from vacation.

India and I just returned from an amazing 10-day vacation in Italy. We traveled from Milan to Florence to Venice with many stops in between.

We learned. We reimagined. We were grateful.

When is your next vacation?

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Visit the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History in Augusta

Woman's Work is Never Done, 36 x 62 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Woman’s Work is Never Done, 36 x 62 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. For sale at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History until 12/31/15. 

Four of my quilts will be part of the Brown Sugar Stitchers exhibit at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History, located at 1116 Phillips Street in Augusta, GA. They are Woman’s Work is Never Done, Three Sisters, Give Yourself Flowers Growing Free, and Joyful Journey.

The exhibit opens October 4th and closes December 31st. If you are in the Augusta area, it’s worth a visit.

Three Sisters, 38x58 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Three Sisters, 38×58 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015. For sale at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History until 12/31/15.

Give Yourself Flowers Growing Free, 49 x 62 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbbrantleyquilts

Give Yourself Flowers Growing Free, 49 x 62 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. For sale at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History until 12/31/15

Joyful Journey, 68 x 74 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Joyful Journey, 68 x 74 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History until 12/31/15

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Grateful Journey

Grateful Journey, 60 x 70 inch lap quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2015. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Grateful Journey, 60 x 70 inch lap quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2015. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

The 2015 Atlanta Quilt Festival, my personal labor of love, was the best ever! The exhibit showcased over 100 quilts. We had more classes than ever before, and they were led by nationally known teachers. We had large crowds, great PR from the Atlanta Journal and the exhibit was showcased a month rather than the two weeks it lasted in previous years.

I am so grateful to all my old friends (especially those who serve on the Clara Ford Foundation Advisory Board and the members of the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt Guild) and new friends who believe in my dream and come along for the joyful journey. I am grateful for the new things I learned from the amazing workshop leaders — Joy Peters, Latifah Shakir, Nina Moore, Cookie Patterson and Gyleen Fitzgerald. I am grateful that Holly Anderson, certified quilt appraiser, was able to tell me how much my quilt is worth and that Hammonds House Museum continues to be my partner.

The 2015 Atlanta Quilt Festival has truly been a month long joyful journey. So today I am sharing my newest quilt called Grateful Journey. It is listed for sale in my ETSY Studio Store.

Do you have something in your life that you do purely for the joy of it? I hope so. If not, share my joy each August as I celebrate my love of quilts.

Joyful Journey, 68 x 74 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Joyful Journey, 68 x 74 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2013. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

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Swimming Upstream #1 Finds A New Home

Swimming Upstream #1, 16 x 31 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.

Swimming Upstream #1, 16 x 31 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.

Swimming Upstream #1 found a new home and has been shipped to her new owner. I know she is gone to a home where she will be loved.

You can view the other quilts available for purchase in my ETSY Studio Store found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts.

My Swimming Upstream series reminds us to enjoy the beauty of the journey even during the tough times.

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Football Saturday

Football Saturday, 54 x 72 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2015. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Football Saturday, 54 x 72 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2015. For sale at ETSY.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the leaves. I love the sparkle in the air. I love football!

This quilt entitled Football Saturday captures all my loves.

Are you ready for some football?

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