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Grateful For Another Happy Day #5

Grateful For Another Happy Day #5, 31 x 34 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2018. 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 are 7 quilts in this series, one for each day of the week. Each of the quilts starts with a panel of a beautiful, joyful African woman by Julia Cairns.

Closeup of panel by Julia Cairns

Grateful For Another Happy Day #5 measures 31×34 inches. 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.

The fabric on the back is a red, green and gold heart print. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

Back of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #5”

I signed and dated the quilt on the front. Grateful For Another Happy Day #5 is one-of-a-kind and is offered for sale in my studio store. #ovsjoyousjanuary

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

My Quilt “I Love Strong Coffee” Finds a New Home

 

I Love Strong Coffee, 70×70 inch lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2012. SOLD!

Sometimes I am really sad to see a quilt go. I love all of my quilts, but I do have my favorites.  I Love Strong Coffee is a favorite quilt.

Closeup of “I Love Strong Coffee”

Alas, I sold it and it is gone to its new home. It was one of my favorites because I love neutrals, and I loved the simple message. I even loved the back of the quilt — hearts in neutral colors.

Back of “I Love Strong Coffee”

I know it is gone to a good home. Hopefully the new owner loves strong coffee too. #december

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #4

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #4 lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

In preparation for my 9-day craft tour 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 #4 is a lap quilt that measures approximately 52×70 inches. It is comprised of 12 random 18 inch blocks in a mix of African and domestic prints. It is pieced on my machine and quilted on a long arm.

Back of Bazaarly Beautiul #4

Visit by studio store to purchase. #december

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #3

Bazaarly Big and Beautiful #3 lap quilt by O.V. Brantley 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

I am still trying to capture that bazaar in Bali feel. Here is #3 in my Bazaarly Big and Beautiful series.

Visit my studio store to purchase. #december

Back of Bazaarly Big and  Beautiul #3

My Quilt “Be You” Finds a New Home

Be You, 36×36 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2014.

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 deputy Viviane Ernstes is the new owner of Be You.  I chose this quilt for her because she will be my successor. No matter how much you liked the old boss, I believe it is important for the new boss to put their own imprint on an organization. Although Viviane and I agreed on most things, I hope she will show up every day and just be Viviane.

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

Label for “Be You”

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

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #11 Finds a New Home

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #11, quilted wallhanging by O.V. Brantley, 2016. SOLD!

A Woman of Sophisticated Substance #11 has been sold and delivered to her new owner. The new owner now owns three of my quilts so I know this quilt  is gone to a good home. #december #joyandgratitude

 

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