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Super Bowl Sunday is a Good Day to Curl Up With Book

A Good Day to Curl Up With a Book, 54×72 inch lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

It’s Super Bowl Sunday. It’s raining in Atlanta. I love football. The game doesn’t start until 6:30 p.m.. That means it’s A Good Day to Curl Up With a Book.

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A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #9

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.

Have a Cup of Tea – You Are Stronger Than You Think

Have a Cup of Tea -- You Are Stronger Than You Think, 21 x 20 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at www.etsy.com/shop/ovbrantleyquilts.

India and I have been living through stressful times as the University of Pittsburgh has suffered through over 60 bomb threats since spring break. Students are advised to keep a bag packed, to keep their cell phones charged up and to be ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice. So far, India has only had to leave her apartment once in the middle of the night, but has had many classes canceled.

In spite of a $10,000.00 reward, officials seem no closer to finding the culprit. Students are being allowed to leave school for the semester and make up their classes somehow in the future. Many have left.

India and I have decided to stay. As of today, she has 12 more days of school and then home for the summer. Trust me. We are drinking a lot of tea.

Good Bye Summer!

A Southern Summer Day, 75 x 88 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2008.

I know fall is on the way to Atlanta when I feel just a little crispness in the air when I go out for my morning paper. By noon, it will be unbearably hot again, but I know fall is just around the corner.

Since I have been such a “slacker quilter” this summer, I thought I would share some of my heirloom summer quilts. Shown here is A Southern Summer Day. This quilt is a good example of a “row-by-row” quilt. Birds, butterflies, snails and flowers are all represented in this happy quilt.

Check Out the Vistas Exhibit

Aisha Lumumba and O.V. Brantley

I enjoy looking at other people’s quilts as much as I enjoy making my own. Last night I attended the opening reception for the Vistas exhibit at the Atrium on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta.

The exhibit featured the work of Aisha Lumumba, Janice Hunter and Elaine Parker. The quilts were amazing and well worth a visit. The exhibit continues through December 31, 2010.
If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift, all of the quilts are offered for sale. Visit Aisha’s web site www.obaquilts.com for more info.

Hope I Taught My Girl To Fish

Teach a Girl to Fish, 26 x 23 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009.

Saturday night India and attended the Atlanta/PITT send-off party. This is an annual ritual where incoming freshmen gather with local alumni of the University of Pittsburgh to learn more about the place that is soon to be their new home. It was yet another reminder that it is time to let go. India moved into her new home yesterday.
The end of our summer was not filled with lazy days of fishing or the fun of a back yard barbecue, but it was still an  exciting time. We planned, shopped, made lists, consulted friends, and prepared in every conceivable way for the new phase of he life journey — college!  Now, we are here!
As a parent you plan for this day from the day they are born — teaching, guiding, hoping, praying, loving. Eighteen years later you just hope you did it right.
My little quilt called Teach a Girl to Fish seems appropriate for this moment.  The quilt gets its name from the proverb “Give a man a fish and he eats for day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”
I hope I did it right.

A Different Drummer Series Continues

A Different Drummer #11, 15 x 23 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For Sale at www.ovbrant.etsy.com.

Quilts in my A Different Drummer series sold out quickly. Numbers 1-10 all found new homes.  I am working on new quilts in this series this week.

The series gets its name from fabric on the back of the quilts by African American quilter and designer Sonie Ruffin. The fabric line is called Drums of Africa.

Shown here is #11 in the series. Many thanks to Kim Kelly for being my Brown Sugar Stitchers Secret Santa. She inspired me with a gift of the fabric in the center block.

A Different Drummer #11 is offered for sale in my Studio Store. Grab it for 20% off during my  holiday sale which ends January 15, 2010.

A Different Drummer – A New Series

A Different Drummer #1, 15 x 18 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009.
A Different Drummer #1, 15 x 18 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009.

Sometimes you run across a piece of fabric, and it just jumps off the shelf and inspires you to make a quilt. Such was the case when I saw the three African ladies. I just knew I had to put them in a quilt. With the quilts for the Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilt show completed and delivered, I had the time.

Well,  one quilt has actually turned into 10 quilts and a series was born!  The new series is called  A Different DrummerThe series gets its name from the fabric on the back of each quilt. It is called Drums of Africa, and the line was designed by African American designer Sonie Ruffin.

These little quilts present an opportunity to own a unique art quilt at a reasonable price. All of the quilts in this series are only $50. Each one is signed, numbered and unique. They are documented with a label on the back, and a hanging sleeve is attached for easy display.

They are not all finished yet, but you can visit my Studio Store to see the beginning of the series and to claim one for your own.