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Fusible Batting is a Game Changer

Fusi-boo fusible batting

Now that I make many more small quilts than big quilts, I have fallen in love with fusible batting.

505 Basting Spray

I have never been a fan of pinning, but I do use 505 basting spray from time to time.

“Grateful for Another Happy Day #7” sandwiched with fusible batting

Fusible batting is so much more convenient — no fumes, no mess — just sandwich it between your quilt top and back and iron. Voila!

How do you baste your quilts? #ovsjoyousjanuary

Organize Your Quilts

Dreaming of My Ancestral Home, 60×75 inch quilt by O. V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

Like most people, I am spending some time getting myself organized for the new year. The product I cannot live without is Artwork Archive software.

I make a lot of quilts. I sell some. I give away some. I keep some, and I exhibit some. It can be hard to remember which quilt is where. Artwork Archive solves that problem.

This cloud based software, which makes the information available on all my devices, has a place for everything. At it simplest, I have a place to record all the information about my quilts — name, pictures, creation date, dimensions, price, and description.  But the software goes far beyond that.

Give Yourself a Flower Garden, 58×58 inch applique quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016.

For instance, there is a place to record exhibits and most importantly to me, locations. (You never want to lose a quilt). The software reminded me that the exhibit at the Lucy Laney Museum was ending December 31, 2017, and that Dreaming of My Ancestral Home and Give Yourself a Flower Garden would be returned to me.

Another neat feature of this software is that it allows me to create and print a certificate of authenticity for each quilt. This is very important to the people who buy my quilts.  I can also record sales, and that is very important to me.

There are many other great features of the software like a public page and a scheduler, but suffice it to say for $14.00 per month, this software gives me peace of mind and keeps me organized.

Artwork Archive is one of my favorite things. I recommend it. #joyousjanuary

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4, 32×37 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.

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4 closeup

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4 measures 32x37inches. 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.

Grateful For Another Happy Day #4 back

The fabric on the back is a blue and brown African quilt. 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 #4 is one-of-a-kind. #december #joyandgratitude

5 p.m. the Day Before Vacation

5 p.m. the Day Before Vacation, 57×51 inch quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

O.V.s October, Day 31.

India and I are leaving for one of our magnificent adventures tomorrow. We are headed to Bali Indonesia with a stop in Los Angeles. We love traveling, and we are determined to see as much of the world as we possibly can.

O.V. and India in Greece

Can you say happy dance?! #ovsoctober #bali #brantleybonvoyage

Wicked Woman

 

Wicked Woman, 36 x 36 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at www.ovbrantleyquilts.com

O.V.’s October, Day 30.

Tomorrow is Halloween. Time to turn into a Wicked Woman.

Wicked Witch

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Trick or Treat! #ovsoctober #halloween #scaryquilt

Abundant Dreams

Abundant Dreams, 36×45 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts

O.V.’s October, Day 16.

Last night I had the incredible experience of going behind Niagara Falls! It was amazing, awe inspiring and scary all at once. My hotel room is on the 38th Floor with a great aerial view of the Falls. Being behind the Falls was up close and personal.

O.V. behind Niagara Falls

Visiting a place that has long been on my bucket list has truly been a dream come true. #ovsoctober #bucketlist #joyfultraveler #alifeofsimpleabundance #niagarafalls #dream

Grateful For Another Happy Day #3

Grateful For Another Happy Day #3, 31×34 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

O.V’s October, Day 13.

I traveled to Niagara Falls, Canada today by way of Buffalo, NY! I have never been to either cities so I added two new places to my travel map.  I love traveling especially to somewhere I have never been.

Sooo grateful!

Grateful For Another Happy Day #3 closeup

My quilt Grateful For Another Happy Day #3 is part of a seven quilt series. The series captures my feeling about gratitude totally. I love the Julia Cairns interpretation of an African woman who just seems joyous.

My gratitude meter is really high today. #ovsoctober #gratitude #joyandgratitude #alifeofs8mpleabjndance #buffalony #niagarafalls

Grateful For Another Happy Day 3 detail

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #9

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A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #9, 19×23 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

O.V.’s October, Day 3.

Tuesdays are always my most difficult days at work. Managing the demands of staff, bosses, courts and community can be challenging.

I try to never forget that mental image I had as a child of what a lawyer looks like. She is brilliant, beautiful and full of grace.

That image inspired my series of quilts entitled A Woman of Sophisticated Substance.

Dreaming of My Ancestral Home

Dreaming of My Ancestral Home, 60×75 inch quilt by O. V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

Lately I have been incorporating more African fabrics into my quilts. Dreaming of My Ancestral Home goes all the way! All 20 fabrics are African.

The pattern is “Turning Twenty Again”. The quilt is pieced and quilted by machine. I included a hanging sleeve because I tend to hang my quilts, but this one is big enough to snuggle under.

I love the boldness of the colors and the distinctive African prints.

Dreaming of My Ancestral Home is offered for sale in my studio  store at ovbrantleyquilts.com. 

“African Migration” Celebrates Africa

African Migration, 40×47 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

My newest quilt which I named African Migration was finished just before Black History Month ended. It showcases an explosion of African prints, but it is the border that named the quilt. The animals looked like they were on the move to me.

African Migration measures 40×47 inches. It is machine pieced and machine quilted. There is a hanging sleeve on the back and a label that documents the quilt. I signed it on the front.

This quilt is one-of-kind.

Closeup of “African Migration”