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Grateful For Another Happy Day #5

Grateful For Another Happy Day #5, 31 x 34 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

I try to keep gratitude at the fore front of my life. I even keep a gratitude journal just to make sure I never forget to be grateful for all things big and small. It is life changing.

I often incorporate the word gratitude in my quilts, but now I have created a whole series focused on gratitude. The series is Grateful For Another Happy Day, and there are 7 quilts in this series, one for each day of the week. Each of the quilts starts with a panel of a beautiful, joyful African woman by Julia Cairns.

Closeup of panel by Julia Cairns

Grateful For Another Happy Day #5 measures 31×34 inches. The dominant colors are brown and orange in a mixture of batiks and African fabrics. It is pieced and quilted on my machine and embellished with buttons.

The fabric on the back is a red, green and gold heart print. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

Back of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #5”

I signed and dated the quilt on the front. Grateful For Another Happy Day #5 is one-of-a-kind and is offered for sale in my studio store. #ovsjoyousjanuary

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

Warm Quilt Wednesday: Joyful Journey

Joyful Journey, 68×74 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

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

Joyful Journey is my ode to travel and a good life. It is made from African fabrics I collected over many years. Since I recently returned  home from an amazing trip to Niagara Falls, I feel especially connected to this quilt.

I enjoyed my journey. #ovbrantleyquiltstudio #niagarafalls #enjoythejourney #alifeofsimpleabundance #joyandgratitude #africanquilt

Grateful For Another Happy Day #2

Grateful For Another Happy Day #2, 35×40 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

I often incorporate the word gratitude in my quilts, but now I have created a whole series focused on gratitude. The series is “Grateful For Another Happy Day”, and there will be 7 quilts in this series. Each of the quilts starts with a panel of a beautiful, joyful African woman by Julia Cairns.

Closeup of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #2”

Grateful For Another Happy Day #2 measures 35×40 inches. The dominant color is brown in a mixture of batiks and African fabrics. It is pieced and quilted on my machine and embellished with buttons.

Back of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #2”

The fabric on the back is a green African print. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

I signed and dated the quilt on the front. Grateful For Another Happy Day #2  is one-of-a-kind.

Grateful For Another Happy Day #1

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

I try to keep gratitude at the fore front of my life. I even keep a gratitude journal just to make sure I never forget to be grateful for all things big and small. It is life changing.

I often incorporate the word gratitude in my quilts, but now I have created a whole series focused on gratitude. The series is
“Grateful For Another Happy Day”, and there will be 7 quilts in this series. Each of the quilts starts with a panel of a beautiful, joyful African woman by Julia Cairns.

Closeup of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #1”

Grateful For Another Happy Day #1 measures 30×34 inches. The dominant color is orange in a mixture of batiks and African fabrics. It is pieced and quilted on my machine.

Back of Grateful For Another Happy Day #1

The fabric on the back is a leaf motif on a black background. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

I signed and dated the quilt on the front. Grateful For Another Happy Day #1 is one-of-a-kind.

Closeup of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #1”

I Believe in Beautiful Angels Exhibited at 2017 Atlanta Quilt Festival

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I Believe in Beautiful Angels, 48×43 inch quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

My quilt I Believe in Beautiful Angels is part of the 2017 Atlanta Quilt Festival Exhibit. The exhibit is at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. and will continue through August 31st. The Center is open Monday – Saturday from 9 – 4 p.m.

This piece starts with a beautiful tapestry angel by Laura Freeman, and then I created her world around her. On this day all of those she protects must have their lives together because she seems serenely at piece.

I Believe in Beautiful Angels measures 48×43 inches. It is hand quilted, machine appliquéd and embellished with crystals.

There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display and a label that documents the quilt. I signed it on the front. This quilt is one-of-a-kind.

This quilt is offered at a special price during the month of August. Visit ovbrantleyquilts.com.

5 p.m. The Day Before Vacation Exhibited at the 2017 Atlanta Quilt Festival

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5 p.m. the Day Before Vacation, 57×51 inch quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2027. For sale at ovbrantleyquikts.com.

My quilt 5 p.m. the Day Before Vacation is part of the 2017 Atlanta Quilt Festival Exhibit. The exhibit is at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, GA. and will continue through August 31st. The Center is open Monday – Saturday from 9 – 4 p.m.

The only thing better than a vacation is the anticipation of a vacation. This quilt captures the joy of finally finishing that last work day before you are officially on vacation.

5 p.m. the Day Before Vacation features dancing divas appliquéd on a yellow background. It is based on a pattern by Almost Heaven. The center of the quilt is framed by a a pieced border and an African border.

The quilt measures 57×51 inches. It is lovingly hand quilted and embellished with buttons, beads, jingle bells, words, travel pins and scrabble tiles.

There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display and a label that documents the quilt. I signed it on the front. This quilt is one-of-a-kind.

It takes FOREVER to quilt a quilt by hand, but I always feel such a sense of accomplishment when I complete one.

This quilt is offered for sale at a special price during the month of August. Visit ovbrantleyquilts.com.

Scrappy Treasure Finds a New Home

Scrappy Treasure, 28×34 inch art quilt by O.V. brantley, 2015. SOLD!

Scrappy Treasure was sold and shipped to her new owner in Illinois.

Scrappy Treasure is an art quilt that measures 38×34 inches. It features 30 different fabric selections on a variety of cream colored backgrounds. The quilt  is embellished with buttons and yo-yos and is pieced, appliquéd and quilted by machine.

Back of “Scrappy Treasure”

The back of the quilt is a brown African print. There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display, and a label documents the quilt. This quilt is one-of-a-kind.

The new owner says she loves the quilt, and that makes me happy!

Where Do I Buy African Fabric?

African fabrics from Africa Imports

Often I am asked where do I buy the African fabrics that I incorporate into my quilts. The answer — wherever my search leads me. I am always looking.

Lately, I have been buying in bulk from Africa Imports. This is a wholesale vendor so they require a minimum $100 purchase, and you must purchase entire bolts.

Give Yourself a Wild Flower, 36×45 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016. . Flower panel by Stephanie Brandenburg.  SOLD! At my Neighbors Jewelry and Quilt Holiday Open House, 2016.

When smaller amounts will suffice, I check out ETSY and Cultured Expressions. I like to buy precuts to save time.

African Merlot, 54×62 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

Locally, I buy from Intown Quilters located in Decatur, GA only 3 miles from where I work!. This shop carries a nice selection of African and Australian fabrics.

Give Yourself a Dream Flower, 38×40 inch quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2016. Flower panel by Stephanie Brandenburg.  For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

Finally, sometimes we have fabric swaps at my quilt guild Brown Sugar Stitchers. Swaps help to increase the variety in my stash which makes me happy.

Where do you buy your African fabric?

Be Joyful, 40×60 inch art quilt by O. V. Brantley, 2017. Flower panel by Stephanie Brandenburg. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

Be Joyful

Be Joyful, 40×60 inch art quilt by O. V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

Don’t you just love being around happy people? Their happiness is contagious.  I am sure no one is happy all the time, so that is why I have chosen to name a blue quilt Be Joyful. The trick to being joyful is to find something to be grateful for even when you are having the bluest day.

So I am happy to share my quilt Be Joyful. It is an art quilt that began with a Stephanie Brandenburg flower panel and ended with the words “joyful”. The negative blue space gives the quilt a modern feel, and the words (along with the small swarm of bees) makes the quilt inspirational. The African print border contributes to the distinctiveness of the piece and the crystals in the flowers make the quilt sparkle.

Be Joyful measures 40×60 inches. It is machine pieced, machine quilted and machine appliquéd. There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display and a label that documents the quilt. I signed it on the front in gold ink although it is hard to see it on the blue background. This quilt is one-of-a-kind.

On my worst day I think of blooming flowers, people I love, places I have seen and things I am grateful for. These thoughts always help me find my joy. If I forget, this quilt will remind me.

Closeup of “Be Joyful”
Closeup of “Be Joyful”