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

Frozen and busted pipes at home were just the nudge I needed to take a staycation. Rather than sit home and worry about pipes, I opted to make lemonade out of lemons so I booked myself into a luxury hotel and decided to do Atlanta like a tourist.

African fabric at FIne Fabrics

I shopped for fabric at a huge fabric warehouse. They have a large African fabric collection.

Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta

I visited the Atlanta Civil Rights Museum. It was a moving and powerful experience that makes you think about your life has purpose.

Room service

And I enjoyed my luxurious accomodations, especially room service.

I was there ! At the Civil Rights Museum

Are you turning lemons into lemonade? How about scraps into a quilt? #ovsjoyousjanuary #giveyourselfflowers

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!

Only a Staycation For Me

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

Life is about choices, right? I decided I wanted a quilt studio more than I wanted a vacation.

My little journal quilt Staycation reminds me it was my choice to stay home this summer. I have lots of great vacation memories though, and lots of quilts that preserve those memories forever.

Fabric is Better Than Food Brunch Kicks Off My Holiday

Merry Christmas, 36 x 36 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2002.

My 10th annual Fabric is Better Than Food Brunch kicked off my holiday season Saturday. Each year I invite my closest quilter friends over for food, fun and quilts.

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

Each year we have a quilt challenge. This year’s challenge was to make a journal quilt. My journal quilt is called Staycation. I am always dreaming of vacations, but with a daughter in college, my vacations turn into staycations!

The brunch was a  lot of fun and the journal quilts are amazing. Look for them to be part of the quilt exhibit  at the 2011 Atlanta Quilt Festival.