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You Drive Me Crazy

You Drive Me Crazy, 54×72 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November.

India and I visited the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali. It will be the first  and last time we ever visit a monkey forest!

Monkey Forest

The monkeys were really aggressive.  They jumped on you and tried to steal your things. One of them stole India’s hand sanitizer that was hanging on the side of her purse. Later one of them tried to steal her shopping bag but instead tore it open spilling the contents on the ground. We were traumatized and had to be escorted out of the park by security!


Now I know what my mother meant when she said someone was “acting a monkey!” They were wild and crazy.

Monkey Forest art

I did not have monkeys in mind when I made my quilt You Drive Me Crazy, but these monkeys did drive me to drink! India and I left the  forest and found a bar.

A Frozen Monkey Forest

When was the last time you did something for the very first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember #bali #monkeyforest. #gonnaseetheworld

Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3


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

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

I always knew I loved elephants  They are a symbol of my sorority representing strength. I have collected them for years, and sometimes I included them in my quilts like my  Awesome African Elephants in My Garden #3.  

India and O.V. riding an elephant

I always thought it would be nice to ride one, but I never expected to do so.Well, this is my “Never say Never November, right? I am happy to report that I rode an elephant!

During my vacation to Bali, India and I visited the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud, Bali. Riding an elephant was fun, but being kissed by one was over the top amazing!

Kissed by an elephant

The best thing about the elephants we met was that they seemed happy! I swear the elephant we rode seemed to be smiling.

A smilng elephant

it was an unforgettable experience. India and I haven’t stopped smiling since.

Elephant hug

When was the last time you did something for the first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember #elephantlove


Fall in Love with Island Life

Fall in Love With Island Life, 46 x 64 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2009. For sale at. ovbrantley.com.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November

It took 24 hours in airplanes, but India and I made it safely and joyfully to Bali.

Tired but happy in the Bali airport

They say first impressions are lasting impressions. Although we have just arrived and checked into the most beautiful hotel ever, we already love this place of tranquil, respectful beauty.


For the next seven days we plan to Fall in Love With Island Life. 

When was the last time you did something for the very first time? #ovsneversaynevernovember

Forever Young

Forever Young, 84 x 84 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2005.

O.V.’s Never Say Never November.

India and I spent a magical day at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The experience was a first for us.

At Universal Studios

India loved the Harry Potter exhibit. She bought a wand (magical of course).  We drank butter beer, and we flew through the air like wizards (simulated of course).

India in Harry Potter World

I enjoyed the Studio Tour, but learning how movies are made does tend to take away some of the magic of movies. But the dinosaurs remained magical. We were convinced they were going to eat us.

A visit to Jurassic Park

It was a magical day.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? #ovsneversaynevernovembder



Almost Fall

Almost Fall, 48 x 51 inches, Hand quilted by O.V. Brantley, 2011. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.

O.V.’s October, Day 16.

Atlanta has had record high temperatures this week so we really haven’t had fall yet. But I am in Niagara Falls, and there is definitely a nip in the air — not cold but definitely not hot. I call it sweater weather.

I always happily anticipate fall. My quilt Almost Fall captures the moment. #ovsoctober #fall


Staycation Makes Labor Day Weekend Productive

Staycation, 11 x 8.5 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.

Happy Labor Day! If you are traveling, be safe. If not, do something you enjoy.

I am enjoying my labor today – so much so that I am calling it a staycation. I have spent many enjoyable hours getting myself back on track with my long term projects. Just to name a few, I am doing a block of the month of the “Affairs of the Heart”  pattern. I have managed to get 18  of the 36 blocks fused. I have named this quilt Everyday is Foreplay.

Everyday is Foreplay, Blocks 1-3

I started a new block of the month of the Kaleidoscope pattern by Quilt Addicts Anonymous. I named this quilt A Beautiful World. I managed to finish the blocks for the first 3 months. Only 9 more to go.

Blocks for “A Beautiful World”

Finally, I made a little progress on my red and white Passacaglia quilt. Finding enough different reds to make this quilt interesting is quite an adventure. Progress is slow because this quilt is done entirely by hand.

Rosette from the Passacaglia quilt

In between working on all these projects, I watched some great football. What a great staycation!

A Perfect Day For a Hike Finds a New Home

A Perfect Day for a Hike, 63×73 inch lap quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2017

Part of my philosophy at the DeKalb County Law Department is work life balance. So I like to celebrate special occasions by gifting quilts to staff members. It’s always a special day at work when I ceremonially gift quilts. Recently I gave 3 staff members their long awaited wedding quilts!

A Perfect Day  For a Hike was a wedding gift to Aaron Ross.

Surrounded By Dolphins!


Yesterday I spent an afternoon surrounded by dolphins. It was so cool!

Captain Phillip boat tours

The dolphin tour is hosted by Captain Phillip Boat Tours (captainphillip.com), and it leaves from the Jekyll Island Club Wharf on Jekyll Island, GA.  Admittedly, I did not expect to actually see dolphins in the wild, but I had decided the scenic boat tour would be worth the cost of admission.

Beautiful Jekyll Island

I was so wrong! Dolphins were everywhere. They were close enough for me to capture a snapshot with my IPhone! It was like they wanted to see what the people in the boat cage were up to.

Up close and personal with a dolphin

It was an amazing experience that I highly recommend! I definitely see dolphins in a future quilt.

A dolphin tail
Jekyll Island Club Wharf

2017 Atlanta Quilt Festival Opens August 6th

Star of Mu, 60×60 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016.

The 2017 Atlanta Quilt Festival opens August 6th. I hope you have marked your calendar.

I am busy putting the finishing touches on my entries for this year. I don’t exhibit often so I hope you will make a point to see my new creations in person.

The Festival exhibit runs through August 31, 2017. The exhibit will be at the South Fulton Arts Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park, Ga. The center is open daily from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Follow Atlanta Quilt Festival on Facebook for updates on other activities that are happening during the Festival. Meanwhile, enjoy my quilts that were in the exhibit last year.

See you at the Festival!

First Lady, art quilt by O. V. Brantley, 2016. SOLD!
Give Yourself a Flower Garden, 58×58 inch applique quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016.
Disagreement, 36×48 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016.
Give Yourself a Dream Flower, 38×40 inch art quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2016. For sale at ovbrantleyquilts.com.