Category Archives: African

Grateful For Another Happy Day #5

Grateful For Another Happy Day #5, 31 x 34 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

I try to keep gratitude at the fore front of my life. I even keep a gratitude journal just to make sure I never forget to be grateful for all things big and small. It is life changing.

I often incorporate the word gratitude in my quilts, but now I have created a whole series focused on gratitude. The series is Grateful For Another Happy Day, and there are 7 quilts in this series, one for each day of the week. Each of the quilts starts with a panel of a beautiful, joyful African woman by Julia Cairns.

Closeup of panel by Julia Cairns

Grateful For Another Happy Day #5 measures 31×34 inches. The dominant colors are brown and orange in a mixture of batiks and African fabrics. It is pieced and quilted on my machine and embellished with buttons.

The fabric on the back is a red, green and gold heart print. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

Back of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #5”

I signed and dated the quilt on the front. Grateful For Another Happy Day #5 is one-of-a-kind and is offered for sale in my studio store. #ovsjoyousjanuary

Fusible Batting is a Game Changer

Fusi-boo fusible batting

Now that I make many more small quilts than big quilts, I have fallen in love with fusible batting.

505 Basting Spray

I have never been a fan of pinning, but I do use 505 basting spray from time to time.

“Grateful for Another Happy Day #7” sandwiched with fusible batting

Fusible batting is so much more convenient — no fumes, no mess — just sandwich it between your quilt top and back and iron. Voila!

How do you baste your quilts? #ovsjoyousjanuary

Staycation!

Staycation, 11 x 8.5 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.

Frozen and busted pipes at home were just the nudge I needed to take a staycation. Rather than sit home and worry about pipes, I opted to make lemonade out of lemons so I booked myself into a luxury hotel and decided to do Atlanta like a tourist.

African fabric at FIne Fabrics

I shopped for fabric at a huge fabric warehouse. They have a large African fabric collection.

Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta

I visited the Atlanta Civil Rights Museum. It was a moving and powerful experience that makes you think about your life has purpose.

Room service

And I enjoyed my luxurious accomodations, especially room service.

I was there ! At the Civil Rights Museum

Are you turning lemons into lemonade? How about scraps into a quilt? #ovsjoyousjanuary #giveyourselfflowers

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #4

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #4 lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

In preparation for my 9-day craft tour of Bali, I saw many pictures of colorful batik markets. The batik markets of Bali inspired this series of quilts. I wanted to randomly mix different prints to get a bazaar effect. Since I was experimenting and many of the fabrics had a large scale, I decided to make the blocks big. That’s how this series of quilts got its name.

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #4 is a lap quilt that measures approximately 52×70 inches. It is comprised of 12 random 18 inch blocks in a mix of African and domestic prints. It is pieced on my machine and quilted on a long arm.

Back of Bazaarly Beautiul #4

Visit by studio store to purchase. #december

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #3

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #3 lap quilt by O.V. Brantley 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

I am still trying to capture that bazaar in Bali feel. Here is #3 in my Bazaarly Big and Beautiful series.

Visit my studio store to purchase. #december

Back of Bazaarly Big and  Beautiul #3

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #11 Finds a New Home

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #11, quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2016. SOLD!

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #11 has been sold and delivered to her new owner. The new owner now owns three of my quilts so I know this quilt  is gone to a good home. #december #joyandgratitude

 

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4, 32×37 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

I try to keep gratitude at the fore front of my life. I even keep a gratitude journal just to make sure I never forget to be grateful for all things big and small. It is life changing.

I often incorporate the word gratitude in my quilts, but now I have created a whole series focused on gratitude. The series is “Grateful For Another Happy Day”, and there will be 7 quilts in this series. Each of the quilts starts with a panel of a beautiful, joyful African woman by Julia Cairns.

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4 closeup

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4 measures 32x37inches. The dominant colors are brown and orange in a mixture of batiks and African fabrics. It is pieced and quilted on my machine and embellished with buttons.

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4 back

The fabric on the back is a blue and brown African quilt. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

I signed and dated the quilt on the front. Grateful For Another Happy Day #4 is one-of-a-kind. #december #joyandgratitude

I Believe in Beautiful Angels Finds a New Home

I Believe in Beautiful Angels, 48×41 inch quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2017. SOLD!

I Believe in Beautiful Angels has been sold and shipped to her new owner in New York.

I was sorry to see her go, but I know she is gone to a good home. #december #joyandgratitude

African Merlot Finds a New Home

African Merlot, 54×62 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. SOLD!

African Merlot has been sold to one of my long time collectors and shipped to her new owner. I understand she will be on display in a local courthouse. #december #joyandgratitude