Category Archives: Treasured Heirlooms

Happy Founders Day to My Sorors of Delta Sigma Theta

A Bouquet in Red and White, 24 x 24 inch red and white quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.

What makes every artist different are their life experiences that influence their work. Most art bubbles up from the soul. One of the things in my life that has left an indelible mark on my soul and influenced my quilt choices is my sorority Delta Sigma Theta.

Circles of Sisterhood, 30 x 36 inch embellished red and white quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016.

Once you become a Delta, you love all things red and white. So while some quilters have made red and white quilts throughout history because they are beautiful, I have an added reason. Red and white are the colors of my sorority.

A Legacy to Love, 66×82 inch red and white quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015.

I am working on a book of red and white quilts which I hope to finish this year. (Wish me luck!) I hope the book will be a lasting legacy to my Delta Sigma Theta legacy daughter India who is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta.

Star of Mu, 60×60 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016. Commemorates India Brantley’s initiation into Delta SIgma Theta sorority,

Meanwhile, thank you Delta Sigma Theta for the added inspiration to my dreams, and Happy 105th Founders Day to my sorors!

Flight Dreams, 59×70 inch red and white appliqué quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2012.

#dst #dstfoundersday #ovsjoyousjanuary #redandwhitequilts


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


Cognac, 80 x 80 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.

I know Cognac does not look like a Christmas quilt, but it is. In my family,  a long standing tradition requires you to go into your liquor stash and find something you can sip slowly while you wait for Santa.

Back of “Cognac”

On such a glorious occasion, only the good stuff will do. Cheers! #december #joyandgratitude

Poinsettia Eve

Poinsettia Eve, 69 x 81 inch Holiday Quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015.

I am in my peaceful place.

The gifts have been purchased. They are wrapped and under the tree.

Christmas breakfast and dinner have been planned. The food is in the refrigerator waiting to be cooked.

The guest bedrooms are ready and welcoming. The house is beautifully decorated with symbols of joy everywhere.

Nothing to do now but wait for family and Santa to arrive.

Life is good. #december #joyandgratitude #alifeofsimpleabundance

Forever Young

Forever Young, 84 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2005.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November.

India and I spent a magical day at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The experience was a first for us.

At Universal Studios

India loved the Harry Potter exhibit. She bought a wand (magical of course).  We drank butter beer, and we flew through the air like wizards (simulated of course).

India in Harry Potter World

I enjoyed the Studio Tour, but learning how movies are made does tend to take away some of the magic of movies. But the dinosaurs remained magical. We were convinced they were going to eat us.

A visit to Jurassic Park

It was a magical day.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? #ovsneversaynevernovembder



Flight Dreams

Flight Dreams, 59×70 inch appliqué quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2012.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

India and I are starting our next amazing adventure. This time to Bali! We are determined to see the world.

Ready to conquer Bali

We have traveled  the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Rome,  Alaska,  China, and South America. Now we are ready to slay Bali. But first stop Los Angeles.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?  #ovsneversaynevernovember

Choose to Bloom is at the International Quilt Festival

Choose to Bloom, Applique quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013. Won Honorable Mention at Quiltfest Savannah, 2015.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

My quilt Choose to Bloom is at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas until November 5. I hope you will take a look if you are attending the Festival.

Choose to Bloom is my version of a pattern by Kim McLean. I am so proud to be able to share it in Houston.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember