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Headed to the International Quilt Festival

Finally Found Freedom, 67x74 inch Underground Railroad quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2021. Machine quilted by Maxine Moore.

This week I am headed to the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. This will be the first time I will have been on a plane since Covid, but with 3 quilts in the exhibit, it is worth the trip.

I am very proud and fortunate to have 3 quilts that were juried into the exhibit that includes over 1200 quilts from around the world. Aside from spending time gazing at my quilts displayed among some of the most beautiful quilts in the world, I have signed up for two classes, and I plan to shop until I drop. If you plan to attend the International Quilt Festival, please take a selfie with one of my quilts and send it to me.

Finally Found Freedom

I am most proud that my quilt Finally Found Freedom made the cut. It is my interpretation of a traditional Underground Railroad quilt. When I made it, I was not trying to make a show quilt, but I think the words reach out and touch your soul. It will be part of an exhibit featuring quilts that highlight something special about the home town of the quilter. My Finally Found Freedom quilt story is the story of how descendants of slaves have turned Atlanta into one of the most vibrant, diverse and amazing cities in the world.

Finally Found Freedom word detail

Rain Resilience and Rainbows

I love making flower quilts. Rain, Resilience and Rainbows will be part of the In Bloom exhibit at the Festival. I know there will be some amazing flower quilts on exhibit, but I think Rain, Resilience and Rainbows will stand out in the crowd because of her vivid colors and African fabrics.

Rain, Resilience and Rainbows, 78x90 inch appplique quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2020. Pattern by Kim McLean. Custom quilted by Carolyn Duke.

Finally Home

There is a lot going on in my quilt Finally Home that required many different techniques including appliqué, English paper piecing and traditional piecing. I made it to capture some of the many things India and I experienced during our world travels, but the emphasis was always on the joy of returning home. Finally Home will be part of the Tactile Architecture exhibit. There are 25 unique house blocks in the middle of the quilt — all with lights on and music playing.

Finally Home, 90x90 inch quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2019. Pattern by Kim McLean. Custom quilted by Regina Carter.

India’s Wedding

Meanwhile, on October 16, 2021 India and Eric exchanged their formal wedding vows in a beautiful outdoor setting as family and friends looked on. (The formal wedding was postponed last year because of Covid). The wedding was beautiful and joyful. Yes, there will be a wedding quilt. The guests signed quilt blocks during the Happy Hour between the outdoor ceremony and the seated dinner. Stay tuned to see the completed quilt in a few months.

Mr. and Mrs. Eric Kleeman

The Holidays

With Houston and the wedding fully enjoyed and amazingly memorable, I will focus my attention on the holidays next month. I love everything about the holiday season and thankfully, this year it will be somewhat normal. My Holiday Sale starts November 1st. All quilts will be 40% off. As you know, my quilts are one-of-a-kind. When they’re gone, they‘re gone.

India and ME — our obligatory “WE DID IT” selfie.

With joy and gratitude. . . .

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