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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

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

My Quilt “Circles of Deep Reflection” Finds a New Home

Circles of Deep Reflection, 28×42 inch quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2017.

I enjoy gifting quilts, especially at Christmas. This year I gifted a quilt to each member of my management team at the DeKalb County Law Department.

My Litigation Deputy Laura Johnson is the new owner of Circles of Deep Reflection. I chose this quilt for her because Laura is always very thoughtful in her legal analysis. She does not guess. She researches.

Laura has already told me that she loves it, so I know it is gone to a good home. #joyandgratitude #dekalblaw #alifeofsimpleabundance #december

Label for “Circles of Deep Reflection

I Believe in Beautiful Angels Finds a New Home

I Believe in Beautiful Angels, 48×41 inch quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2017. SOLD!

I Believe in Beautiful Angels has been sold and shipped to her new owner in New York.

I was sorry to see her go, but I know she is gone to a good home. #december #joyandgratitude

I Believe in Angels #18 and #19 Find a New Home

SOLD!! I Believe in Angels #18, 28 x 31 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. 

I believe that my angels are always with me standing ready to jump in at a moment’s notice should I need them. That is why I love to incorporate angels in my quilts when possible.

Two of my angel quilts have found a new home. I Believe in Angels #18 and #19 were purchased by the same collector. I know they are gone to a new home.

SOLD!! I Believe in Angels #19, 32 x 34 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. 

I think it’s time to start some new angel quilts.

Forever Young

Forever Young, 84 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2005.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November.

India and I spent a magical day at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The experience was a first for us.

At Universal Studios

India loved the Harry Potter exhibit. She bought a wand (magical of course).  We drank butter beer, and we flew through the air like wizards (simulated of course).

India in Harry Potter World

I enjoyed the Studio Tour, but learning how movies are made does tend to take away some of the magic of movies. But the dinosaurs remained magical. We were convinced they were going to eat us.

A visit to Jurassic Park

It was a magical day.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? #ovsneversaynevernovembder

 

 

Flight Dreams

Flight Dreams, 59×70 inch appliqué quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2012.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

India and I are starting our next amazing adventure. This time to Bali! We are determined to see the world.

Ready to conquer Bali

We have traveled  the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Rome,  Alaska,  China, and South America. Now we are ready to slay Bali. But first stop Los Angeles.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?  #ovsneversaynevernovember

Choose to Bloom is at the International Quilt Festival

Choose to Bloom, Applique quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2013. Won Honorable Mention at Quiltfest Savannah, 2015.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

My quilt Choose to Bloom is at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas until November 5. I hope you will take a look if you are attending the Festival.

Choose to Bloom is my version of a pattern by Kim McLean. I am so proud to be able to share it in Houston.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember

Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History

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

O.V.’s October, Day 28.

Two of my quilts are part of the Brown Sugar Stitchers exhibit at the Lucy Craft Laney Museum Of Black History. The museum is located at 1116 Phillips Street, Augusta, GA, 30901.

The exhibit will be on display until December 31, 2017. If you are in the area, I hope you will visit the exhibit. The Opening Reception is tomorrow from 3:00-5:00 pm.

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

Dreaming of My Ancestral Home is listed for sale in my studio store. Give Yourself a Flower Garden is a treasured heirloom and not for sale.

I hope people in Augusta like my quilts. #ovsoctober #joyandgratitude #alifeofsimpleabundance #lucylaneymuseum