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Introducing Celebrating Freedom Fearlessly

Celebrating Freedom Fearlessly, 54 X 66 inch Juneteenth quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2024. Inspired by Villa Rosa pattern. Machine quilted by Maxine Moore.

Celebrating Freedom Fearlessly is one of my latest additions to my growing Juneteenth Quilt collection. I tend to enjoy collections. To date, I have a red and white quilt collection and a Christmas quilt collection.

I made a special trip to the fabric store to look for “Juneteenth fabric.” Juneteenth colors are bright, big and bold so I needed a big quilt block to showcase the fabrics. I chose a pattern featuring flying geese by Villa Rosa designs as my inspiration. The flying geese block often symbolizes freedom.

After making the flying gees blocks with a blacker than black background, I added my signature words to the quilt, some flowers and star buttons.

I chose not to add borders because I did not want the quilt to be too big to easily display. The quilt measure 54 X 66 inches. I think the kente cloth binding brings together all the elements in the quilt nicely. Although this is a simple quilt, I think it is striking in its boldness.

The back of the quilt is a yellow and green African fabric. There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

Instead of signing on the front in ink as I normally do, I attached a printed name label and a charm that reads “Live Free”.

This quilt is one-of-a-kind and will make its public debut June 15th at the City of South Fulton Juneteenth exhibit at the Southwest Arts Center. Stay tuned for future posts about the exhibit.

P.S. Forgive my Iphone for showing every speck of lint on the closeups! 😂 Black is very clingy.

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