Category Archives: Quilt Travels

Happy Birthday India!

Loving elephants in Bali

Today is my baby’s birthday! India is the inspiration for many quilts because I pray she is soaking up the positive messages in my quilts.

Uniquely India, a memory quilt by O.V. Brantley for India Brantley.

Beyond that she is my road dog, my joy, my heartbeat. #ovsjoyousjanuary #joyandgratitude

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Cinque Terre
The Coliseum
We climbed the Great Wall of China

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

Grateful For Another Happy Day

Grateful For Another Happy Day #1, 30×34 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

While in Bali, India and I learned how to make a flower offering basket. Balinese people make these baskets daily as a symbol of gratitude.

They make flower baskets. I make quilts. The concept is the same. We should pause each day and reflect on our blessings. #gratitude #ovsnovember #bali

You Drive Me Crazy

You Drive Me Crazy, 54×72 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November.

India and I visited the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. It will be the first  and last time we ever visit a monkey forest!

Monkey Forest

The monkeys were really aggressive.  They jumped on you and tried to steal your things. One of them stole India’s hand sanitizer that was hanging on the side of her purse. Later one of them tried to steal her shopping bag but instead tore it open spilling the contents on the ground. We were traumatized and had to be escorted out of the park by security!

Monkeys
Monkey

Now I know what my mother meant when she said someone was “acting a monkey!” They were wild and crazy.

Monkey Forest art

I did not have monkeys in mind when I made my quilt You Drive Me Crazy, but these monkeys did drive me to drink! India and I left the  forest and found a bar.

A Frozen Monkey Forest

When was the last time you did something for the very first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember #bali #monkeyforest. #gonnaseetheworld

I Am Dancing in My Heart

I Am Dancing In My Heart, 25 x 27 inch quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

One of the activities on our Bali Tour was a Balinese  painting workshop. It was held in a beautiful art gallery.

 

Art gallery

It was good to be reminded how special it is to have time to create and to be taught by a master at his craft.

Master painter in Bali

I am not a painter, but I enjoyed the journey.  Like my quilt, I Am Dancing in My Heart.

The unpainted picture
Progress
Almost finished
My Masterpiece!

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

Happily creative

Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3

 

Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3, 55×49 inch quilted wallhanging by O. V. Brantley, 2006. For sale at ovbrantquilts.com

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

I always knew I loved elephants  They are a symbol of my sorority representing strength. I have collected them for years, and sometimes I included them in my quilts like my  Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3.  

India and O.V. riding an elephant

I always thought it would be nice to ride one, but I never expected to do so.Well, this is my “Never say Never November, right? I am happy to report that I rode an elephant!

During my vacation to Bali, India and I visited the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud, Bali. Riding an elephant was fun, but being kissed by one was over the top amazing!

Kissed by an elephant

The best thing about the elephants we met was that they seemed happy! I swear the elephant we rode seemed to be smiling.

A smilng elephant

it was an unforgettable experience. India and I haven’t stopped smiling since.

Elephant hug

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

 

I Love Strong Coffee

I Love Strong Coffee, 70×70 inch lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2012. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

Today India and I visited a coffee farm. This farm sells the famous Kopi Luwak,  coffee made from cat poop.

Kopi  Luwak

Yes, I had a cup, and bought some to take home. Apparently it has many medicinal qualities.

Cat poop coffee

We tested many other varieties of tea and coffee and learned a lot about how the beans are grown and harvested, but cat poop coffee was the star of the show. I did not have cat poop in mind when I made my quilt I Love Strong Coffee, but it seems to fit the experience

Coffee and tea tasting

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

India and O.V. at the cat poop coffee farm 😳

Fall in Love with Island Life

Fall in Love With Island Life, 46 x 64 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at. ovbrantley.com.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

It took 24 hours in airplanes, but India and I made it safely and joyfully to Bali.

Tired but happy in the Bali airport

They say first impressions are lasting impressions. Although we have just arrived and checked into the most beautiful hotel ever, we already love this place of tranquil, respectful beauty.

Bali

For the next seven days we plan to Fall in Love With Island Life. 

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

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