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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

Happy Birthday India!

Loving elephants in Bali

Today is my baby’s birthday! India is the inspiration for many quilts because I pray she is soaking up the positive messages in my quilts.

Uniquely India, a memory quilt by O.V. Brantley for India Brantley.

Beyond that she is my road dog, my joy, my heartbeat. #ovsjoyousjanuary #joyandgratitude

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Cinque Terre
The Coliseum
We climbed the Great Wall of China

My Quilt “Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3” Finds a New Home

Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3, 55×49 inch quilted wallhanging by O. V. Brantley, 2006.

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 office manager Lori Mosley is the new owner of Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3. I chose this quilt for her because it had the word awesome in the title, and Lori is an awesome office manager. She handles everything efficiently with good judgment without being told what to do.

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

Label for “Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3”

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful

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Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #1, 52×70 inch lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

In preparation for my 9-day Craftours of Bali, I saw many pictures of colorful batik markets. The batik markets of Bali inspired this series of quilts. I wanted to randomly mix different prints to get a bazaar effect. Since I was experimenting and many of the fabrics had a large scale, I decided to make the blocks big. That’s how this series of quilts got its name.

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #1  and Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #2 are lap quilts that measure approximately 52×70 inches. Each is comprised of 12 random 18 inch blocks in a mix of African and domestic prints. They are pieced on my machine and quilted on a long arm.

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Elephant herd on the back of Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #1 and #2

There is a herd of elephants on the back. (Remember we are going Big). If you prefer to hang the quilt rather than cuddle under it, there is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display. A label documents the quilt.

This quilt is one-of-a-kind. #bali #ovsneversaynevernovember

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Bazaarly Big and Beautiful#2, 53×69 inch lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com