Category Archives: Quiltmaker’s Daughter

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

 

 

Warm Quilt Wednesday: Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly, 70×87 inch quilt  by O.V. Brantley, 2008.

WARM QUILT WEDNESDAY! Quilts featured on Wednesday are large enough to cuddle up under. No wallhangings on Wednesday.

Black Butterfly was made to commemorate daughter India’s getting her drivers license. I knew once she was mobile, life would never be the same. I was hoping she would not fly away forever. She didn’t.

Deniece Williams recorded a beautiful song that has the same name. I still love that song, and I still love the traditional simplicity of this quilt.

Warm Quilt Wednesday – Dreaming of An Italian Autumn

Dreaming of an Italian Autumn, 69×85 inch quilt by O.V. brantley, 2016.

WARM QUILT WEDNESDAY! Quilts featured on Wednesday are large enough to cuddle up under. No wallhangings on Wednesday!

Today’s warm quilt is Dreaming of an Italian Autumn. I made this quilt to remind me of the lovely time daughter India and I spent in Italy. We visited Milan, Cinque Terre, Florence and Venice.

David

 

Cinque Terre!
A gondola ride in Venice!

Recently, this quilt was India’s “post knee surgery quilt”. So now it is also a healing quilt.

India recuperating from knee surgery. She is not happy.

 

Visiting China Was An Amazing Adventure

I climbed the Great Wall of China!

India and I have returned home safely from China. We are still basking in the memories.

In addition to seeing the normal tourist attractions — the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Beijing Zoo— we learned ancient Chinese crafts. We took classes in paper cutting, jewelry making, bottle painting and silk embroidery. It was truly an inspiring and joyful journey!

I wonder how this experience will find its way into my quilts. Hmmmm. . . .

I visited a silk factory and purchased fine silks.
I learned jewelry making.
I learned paper cutting.
I visited the Pandas!
I learned bottle painting.

World Travel Creates A Woman of Sophisticated Substance

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A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #12, 21×24 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts

Whenever I travel, I know I am writing another chapter in my series of quilts entitled A Woman of Sophisticated Substance. So far, there are 12 quilts in this series.

The women represented in these quilts are worldly, smart, beautiful and have a strong sense of self. They embrace the new and the different and decide whether it is good.

So this week India and I find ourselves in Beijing, China — exploring, experiencing and deciding if it is good. Oh, and finding inspiration for new chapters of A Woman of Sophisticated Substance.

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance, 21×25 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016. For sale at ovbrantley quilts.com
A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #11, quilted wallhanging by O.V. brantley, 2016. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com