Congratulations to the Lovett Lady Lions basketball team for winning the Region 5 Championship!
I have a long history with the Lovett Lady Lions because daughter India played on the team throughout junior high and high school. At the end of the season of her senior year, I gave each of the 4 seniors a personalized version of the quilt shown above.
Since then my connection to the team has become stronger. India is now an assistant coach for the team! Life truly is a circle.
India reminded me recently that I never missed one of her games, (although I was infamous for quilting during the games LOL). I did not know that was important to her until now. It’s a good lesson for us highly driven successful people! You can’t get the years and the experiences back once they are gone.
Good luck in the State tournament Lady Lions! You make us proud! #ovsfulfilledlfebruary
Saturday was a historic day for the Lovett Women’s Basketball program. They won their first ever State Championship by defeating the Buford High School team 52 -42! It was an amazing thing to be a part of, and India and I enjoyed every minute of it.
When India was a senior in high school in 2010, her version of the Lovett Lady Lions reached the Sweet Sixteen of the State Tournament. That was a historic accomplishment at the time. They continued to work hard, and now they have reached the ultimate goal — state champions!
We can all learn from this team. Goals are not reached all at once. The important thing is to keep moving forward.
Congratulations to the Lovett Lady Lions! You make us proud.
Congratulations to the Lovett Lady Lions for reaching the Final Four of the State Basketball Championships for the first time ever! When India was a senior, the team reached the Sweet Sixteen for the first time, and that was very exciting. I am proud to know that the team has continued to reach new heights. I know Coach Liz Kennedy and her staff are on cloud nine.
Luckily, the Lady Lions will be playing in Macon next week while India is home for spring break. We plan to have front row seats.
During India’s senior year, I made four Lovett basketball star quilts for the graduating seniors. India’s quilt (shown above) travels with her on all of her trips with the Pittsburgh Lady Panthers.
Shown above is India’s Basketball Star, which I made to commemorate her basketball career at Lovett. She has continued her interest in basketball by serving as a student manager of the women’s basketball team at the University of Pittsburgh. This quilt goes on every road trip.
My daughter India will not even sit on our patio, but she loves the Atlanta Young Singers‘ summer camp. She attended as a camper and has returned two years as a counselor. This year, she is enjoying being Head Counselor.
When she was forced to go camping during her junior year at the Lovett School (it was part of the curriculum), I made Live Love Laugh (Even While Camping) to commemorate the occasion. After much complaining about being forced to do it, she survived and learned some things about herself.
The next summer, she spent three weeks in the Ecuadorian rainforest with no electricity on a Spanish immersion trip. Personally, I would not voluntarily live anywhere without electricity! I require my creature comforts.
I absolutely love India’s zest for life. Since I can’t capture it and put it in a bottle, I tried to put it in this quilt.
First Day of School, 38 x 50 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at www.ovbrant.etsy.com.
Sometimes it is just fun to make a happy quilt. I have to admit that having a baby who is a freshman at the University of Pittsburgh living miles away makes it hard not to be nostalgic about the early years. I remember India’s first day at the Lovett School in 1996 like it was yesterday.
Today is a super happy day for India so it seemed like a good day to update my many followers on India’s adventures at the University of Pittsburgh. When I last wrote about India in August, I had decorated her dorm room and reluctantly returned to Atlanta to my empty nest. She enthusiastically embarked on her new life. It has been an interesting two months for both of us.
India loves PITT. I can say without a doubt she made the choice that was right for her. She has enthusiastically thrown herself into campus life. She managed to get a field pass to the first football game to help unfurl the flag. She is one of those rabid fans in the student section, and yes, I actually saw her on ESPN. She loves the people in her dorm, and has made what will probably be lifelong friends. She has learned to navigate the city on the bus because, after all, it requires riding the bus to get to the mall! She seems serious about her studies and focused on the end game of becoming first an athletic trainer and ultimately an orthopedic surgeon. She is in charge of publicity of the Red Cross Club, and has volunteered at the hospital. In short, she is loving life at PITT and all the things an urban environment offers.
But why is this a super happy day at PITT you ask? Today is the first day of the season for the Lady Panthers basketball team. Thanks to some very good connections from past coaches at the Lovett School, India managed to get herself selected as one of the managers of the women’s basketball team! She absolutely loves the people associated with the women’s basketball program as well as her managerial duties.
In spite of all this happiness, she admits that she misses me every now and then — but just as I am basking in the glow of being missed by my baby, she adds, “but I miss Justin the most.” (Justin is our canine roommate shown here on his quilt throne).
The second quilt that enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh with India is India’s Basketball Star. Basketball was a big part of India’s life while in high school at the Lovett School. She, along with the three other seniors who received similar quilts, received this quilt at the end of the season party.
At the University of Pittsburgh, India hopes to become a manager for the girls basketball team during her sophomore year. Basketball remains dear to her heart.
Maxine Moore did the embroidery and the quilting on this quilt.
It’s graduation week at our house. After 14 years at the Lovett School, India will receive her diploma Sunday. Before then, we are consumed with rituals like the senior picnic, juimping in the pond, the senior walk at the last chapel service, parent/student dance, holy communion and finally commencement.
Black Butterfly is the quilt I made to commemorate India getting her driver’s license. I knew life would never be the same after she was mobile. With the University of Pittsburgh in her future, she will truly fly away. I think she is ready.
India’s Basketball Star was a gift for my daughter India Brantley, a graduating senior on the Lady Lovett Lion basketball team.
The beautiful quilting and the embroidery on each of the senior basketball quilts was done by Maxine Moore. The label on the back of each quilt has a picture of the team and the names of the players and coaches, making the quilt a lasting keepsake.