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Winter is a Great Time for Travel Dreaming

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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

I Am Mad As Hell

“I Am Mad As Hell” 42×52 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

While I try to be as joyful as possible, every now and then someone or something makes me mad as hell. I had such an occurrence in mind when I created my quilted wallhanging I Am Mad as Hell.

The creative spark for this quilt comes from the mask panel. He looks mad doesn’t he? From there the quilt evolved with African fabrics, batiks and domestic prints.

Mask closeup in “I am Mad as Hell”

I Am Mad As Hell measures 42 x52 inches. The dominant color is red. (Of course I was seeing red while I was mad). It is machine pieced and machine quilted on a long arm. The quilting pattern is named “Dragon’s Breath, and it is quilted in red thread.

Back of “I am Mad as Hell”

There is a hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt for easy display and a label that documents the quilt. The fabric on the back is a traditional black and white floral print.

This quilt is one-of-a-kind and os offered for sale in my studio store. I signed it on the front.

Although this quilt is an ode to imperfect days, I strive to have as many happy days as possible. I am sure I will be back to joy and gratitude tomorrow.  #ovsjoyousjanuary

African Glow


African Glow, 42×42 inch African art quilt, by O.V. Brantley 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

The majesty of African fabrics makes a striking wallhanging in African Glow. The small peeks of yellow amidst the other fabrics make the whole quilt glow.

African Glow measures 42 x 42 inches. It is pieced and quilted by machine.

Back of “African Glow”

The fabric on the back depicts African huts in black and white. 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.

Closeup of “African Glow”