Category Archives: Quiltmaker’s Daughter

A Legacy to Love

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

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!

#ovsfulfilledfebruary

Lovett Lady Lions are Region Champs!

India’s Basketball Star, 59×59 inches by O.V. Brantley, 2010.

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.

India ready for basketball (2009)

Since then my connection to the team has become stronger. India is now an assistant coach for the team! Life truly is a circle.

 

Coach India with the 2017-18 Lovett Lady Lions

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.

Coach India (2018)

Good luck in the State tournament Lady Lions! You make us proud! #ovsfulfilledlfebruary

2017-18 Lovett Lady Lions. Region 5 Champions

Winter is a Great Time for Travel Dreaming

Back to Bali top

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.

Being kissed by an elephant in Bali

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.  

We love elephants!

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.

Stamping fabric at the Bali 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.

Komaneka Rasa Hotel

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.

Happy Me in Bali

Winter truly is a time for travel remembering — and for dreaming about the next trip. #ovsfulfilledfebruary #Bali

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

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

Cognac

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

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