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Introducing I Climbed the Great Wall with My Mom

I Climbed the Great Wall With My Mom, 43 x 41 inch panel quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2024. Machine quilted by Maxine Moore. NFS.

In 2017 India and I traveled to China with Craftours. The crafting was memorable. We learned to paint in a bottle, paper cutting and beading. We shopped for silk fabric and visited the pandas. We visited Tiananmen Square and rode in a rickshaw. But the most thrilling highlight of the trip was climbing the Great Wall. I never got around to making a memory quilt for our trip to China until I ran across a a panel depicting the Great Wall. Since the panel had two different digital images of the Great Wall, I made two China quilts, one for India and one for me.

I named India’s quilt I Climbed the Great Wall With My Mom. As mentioned, the center of the quilt is a printed panel of the Great Wall. After borders were added, the quilt measures 43 X 41 inches. I think the words and the charm I appliqued onto the quilt capture the essence of the quilt. Words include “Be Fierce”, “I Can Do it” and “Fearless.” We were a long way from home living our dream fearlessly. The quilt was quilted by Maxine Moore on her long arm.

The back of the quilt is an African print. I try to include African fabric in all of my quilts if it works. There is a hanging sleeve on the back for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

Back of I Climbed the Great Wall with My Mom

I signed it on the front. This quilt is one-of-a-kind and now lives with India.


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