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“Winter Blues” Finds a New Home

Winter Blues, 37 x 44 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. SOLD!

My quilt Winter Blues has been sold and shipped to her new owner in New Jersey,.

I don’t make a lot of blue quilts, so Winter Blues was always special to me. I loved this quilt, but I know she is gone to a good home.

#ovsfulfilledfebruary

A Legacy to Love

A Legacy to Love, 66×82 inch red and white quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2015.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

So many things to love — my history, my family, my friends, my mentees, my quilts, my sorority, my quilt collectors, my life,  ME!

#ovsfulfilledfebruary

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning, 72×82 inch Japanese taupe quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016.

A time for quiet reflection.

Most people make the Blooming Nine Patch pattern in bright flowery colors. I chose to do mine in taupe, and Sunday Morning was born. I think of it as my meditation quilt. It draws you in if you take some quiet time to look.

I hope you are having a peaceful, reflective Sunday.

#ovsfulfilledFebruary

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.

What are you reading?

#ovsfulfilledfebruary #alifeofsimpleabundance

Back of ‘A Good Day to Curl Up with a Book”

Morning Coffee on My Patio

 

Morning Coffee on My Patio. 42x52inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

We are blessed with wonderful weather in Atlanta so we tend to spend quite a bit of time outdoors. My favorite time to be outdoors is in the morning before it gets too hot. I have spent many wonderful hours on my patio with only the birds, squirrels and trees for company. Such a morning inspired this quilt.

Morning Coffee On My Patio is a quilted wallhanging with a coffee theme. Coffee cups and words are appliquéd on the front of the quilt. The same coffee fabric is on the back of the quilt. However the vibrant African prints take center stage in the quilt, which measures 42 x 52 inches. Painted buttons add texture to the quilt.

Closeup of “Morning Coffee on My Patio”

I pieced the quilt on my machine. It was quilted on a long arm in a pattern named coffee cup. The coffee cups are hard to see but they are there. There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

Back of “Morning Coffee on My Patio”

I love this quilt. I hope you will too. Itosoffered for sale in my studio store. #ovsjoyousjanuary

I Am Mad As Hell

“I Am Mad As Hell” 42×52 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

While I try to be as joyful as possible, every now and then someone or something makes me mad as hell. I had such an occurrence in mind when I created my quilted wallhanging I Am Mad as Hell.

The creative spark for this quilt comes from the mask panel. He looks mad doesn’t he? From there the quilt evolved with African fabrics, batiks and domestic prints.

Mask closeup in “I am Mad as Hell”

I Am Mad As Hell measures 42 x52 inches. The dominant color is red. (Of course I was seeing red while I was mad). It is machine pieced and machine quilted on a long arm. The quilting pattern is named “Dragon’s Breath, and it is quilted in red thread.

Back of “I am Mad as Hell”

There is a hanging sleeve on the back of the quilt for easy display and a label that documents the quilt. The fabric on the back is a traditional black and white floral print.

This quilt is one-of-a-kind and os offered for sale in my studio store. I signed it on the front.

Although this quilt is an ode to imperfect days, I strive to have as many happy days as possible. I am sure I will be back to joy and gratitude tomorrow.  #ovsjoyousjanuary

Sofa is a Cozy Addition to My Studio

 

Sofa makes my studio cozy,

I call my studio Paradise. It is my happy place and I spend a lot time there. I try to make it inspiring and functional. (Note I love Christmas and angels). 🤩

Paradise

One of the biggest mistakes quilters make is to not take frequent breaks. When you are tired, you make mistakes, and  I hate unsewing. UGH!

I have finally decided to correct that mistake in my studio by adding a sofa. Now when I need to take a break, I retreat to my sofa, and flip through a magazine with nice beverage. Problem solved!

Loveseat

In case you are in the market for a small sofa/loveseat, I bought this one from Wayfair at a great price. It was delivered to my door, easy to assemble and easy to get up 2 flights of stairs. #ovsjoyousjanuary

 

Try-Guild Members Meet My Grateful Series

Quilters model “Grateful For Another Happy Day” series

Even though I often work in a series when creating my quilts, it is not often that I get to see them all in one place. Not so with my Grateful For Another Happy Day series. I took all seven quilts to our annual Try-Guild meeting, (a combined guild meeting of several guilds in the Atlanta area) and my quilting friends were kind enough to “model” them for me. Only six are shown in the picture because #7 was part of the challenge competition.

I love this series, because I do feel strongly that we should live each day in a spirit of gratitude. So here they all are together again in one blog post. All of these quilts are listed for sale in my studio store. #ovsjoyousejanurary #joyandgratitude

Grateful For Another Happy Day #1, 30×34 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com
Grateful For Another Happy Day #2, 35×40 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com
Grateful For Another Happy Day #3, 31×34 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com
Grateful For Another Happy Day #4, 32×37 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com
Grateful For Another Happy Day #5, 31 x 34 inch art quilt, by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com
Grateful For Another Happy Day #6 art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com
Grateful For Another Happy Day #7, art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2018. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com

Grateful For Another Happy Day #7

Grateful For Another Happy Day #7, 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. Each of the quilts starts with a panel of a beautiful, joyful African woman by Julia Cairns.

Closeup of Julia Cairns panel in “Grateful For Another Happy Day #7”

Grateful For Another Happy Day #7  is the last quilt in the series so I feel productive having reached my goal. 😁 It measures 31×34 inches. The dominant colors are blue, yellow and orange in a mixture of batiks and African fabrics. It is pieced and quilted on my machine.

Back of “Grateful For Another Happy Day #7

The fabric on the back is a happy yellow print depicting fruit and butterflies — all things we should be grateful for on a daily basis. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

I signed and dated the quilt on the front. Grateful For Another Happy Day #7 is one-of-a-kind and is offered for sale in my Studio Store. #ovsjoyousjanuary #joyandgratitude

Never Enough Thread

A pyramid of colorful cotton thread

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to cut back on the amount of fabric I buy. I could make quilts until I die and never run out of fabric. Clearly I have plenty, and it seems gluttonous to keep buying more. (Isn’t gluttony one of the 7 deadly sins? 🤭)

Kinkame silk thread

I did not make the same resolution about thread. It seems no matter where I am buying fabric, I can’t resist buying more thread. I can always justify it because what if I am quilting in the middle of the night. It would be a catastrophe to run out of thread, right.  Also it seems like such a small price to pay for peace of mind. So I keep buying more.

My go to thread for hand quilting is YLI glazed thread. I may have it in every color.

I have collections of silk thread, cotton thread, glazed thread, invisible thread, variegated thread and embroidery thread. Whether my thread ever gets used or not, it makes a colorful addition to my studio.

Machine quilting thread

I have thread stored in jars, baskets and plastic containers. My machine quilting  threads are stored under my machine.

My favorite thread for applique is Invisifil by Wonderfil

What’’s your weakness? #ovsjoyousjanuary