Happy Valentine’s Day!
So many things to love — my history, my family, my friends, my mentees, my quilts, my sorority, my quilt collectors, my life, ME!
Congratulations to the Lovett Lady Lions basketball team for winning the Region 5 Championship!
I have a long history with the Lovett Lady Lions because daughter India played on the team throughout junior high and high school. At the end of the season of her senior year, I gave each of the 4 seniors a personalized version of the quilt shown above.
Since then my connection to the team has become stronger. India is now an assistant coach for the team! Life truly is a circle.
India reminded me recently that I never missed one of her games, (although I was infamous for quilting during the games LOL). I did not know that was important to her until now. It’s a good lesson for us highly driven successful people! You can’t get the years and the experiences back once they are gone.
Good luck in the State tournament Lady Lions! You make us proud! #ovsfulfilledlfebruary
Winter just makes you want to escape. In Atlanta we have had a rough winter by our standards, but the silver lining for winter is that it gives you time to travel dream and to travel remember.
Last weekend, cold rainy weather inspired me to create my Bali memory quilt. Daughter India and I spent 9 wonderful days in Bali with Craftours.
The highlight of the trip to me was being kissed by an elephant. So the quilt began with an elephant. This elephant has his trunk down, so I imagine he misses me and can’t wait for my return. That is why I named the quilt Back to Bali.
Another big highlight of the trip was batik school and shopping at a batik factory. The quilt includes the pink batik fabric I actually dyed myself under the hot Bali sun and the red batik in the border that I purchased at the batik factory.
We will never forget our wonderful accommodations in Ubud. The hotel gave us an original batik fabric square, so that is also included in the quilt.
We have many more memories that are not in this quilt yet, but perhaps when I embellish it, I can find a way to include, wooden masks, monkeys, cooking and lots of flowers.
Winter truly is a time for travel remembering — and for dreaming about the next trip. #ovsfulfilledfebruary #Bali
I went to segregated schools for the first 6 years of my education. I was in the 7th grade before I went to school with white kids. So Martin Luther King’s dream has always been firmly present for me.
Soon after I started quilting, I made a quilt named Martin’s Dream. The hope sewn into the quilt was that one day black and white children would join hands and become friends. The border makes the quilt, and it took me forever to piece all those black and white blocks of children holding hands.
Later I made a quilt that embodied my personal dreams. I named it Colored Girl Dreams. I loved the simple windmill blocks that symbolize dreaming and the neutral colors that symbolize quiet determination for me. The background fabric sparkles, but that does not show up in the picture. Colored Girl Dreams was a simple reminder to myself to never give up on my dreams.
And I never did give up on my dreams. I am Exhibit A to the case for how far we have come in this country — highly educated, solidly middle class with joyous opportunities to travel and enjoy life. Even more important, however, was my belief that the future was secure and bright. After all, I raised a daughter who never knew segregation and who does not see the world in black and white.
But on this MLK Day, there is reason to worry that progress could slip away. That is why my message today is dream like crazy but stay present. So I leave you with my quilt Be Fearless (now owned by a private collector but I am sure she would not mind me sharing it). #ovsjoyousjanuary #mlk2018
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.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, thank you Delta Sigma Theta for the added inspiration to my dreams, and Happy 105th Founders Day to my sorors!
#dst #dstfoundersday #ovsjoyousjanuary #redandwhitequilts
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.
Beyond that she is my road dog, my joy, my heartbeat. #ovsjoyousjanuary #joyandgratitude
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.
On such a glorious occasion, only the good stuff will do. Cheers! #december #joyandgratitude
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
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