September is Harriet Tubman Month


Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird, 43x55 inch Juneteenth quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2021. For sale.

Someone said it’s Harriet Tubman month. That’s a good enough reason to share my quilt Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird.


This quilt exhibited in the City of South Fulton’s Freedom Quilts exhibit in June. It was created for that purpose, and it is a quilt with a message.


Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird and ME

Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird! is a vertical row by row fused applique quilt. The first panel says “I followed Harriet”. The second panel declares former slaves “Free as a Bird”. The third panel shows former slaves dancing. The pattern for the dancing people is by Sew Fabulous. Finally, the last panel says “Juneteenth”.

Detail of dancing lady in “Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird”

Once the panels were made, I ended the quilt with cotton fields on the bottom of the quilt. Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird! was quilted by my friend Maxine Moore on her long arm. After the quilt was quilted, I added rhinestone crystals on the background so that the quilt will catch the light when it is exhibited. It was the background fabric that inspired the quilt. A close look reveals that the word “Hallelujah” is printed on the fabric.

Detail of Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird

The bird houses are embellished with yo-yo-s and beading attached by hand. The cotton was glued on by hand. Musical notes were added to give a sense of celebration.

Back and label detail of Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird.

The back of the fabric is a gray cotton print. There is a hanging sleeve for easy display and a label that documents the quilt.

I signed it on the front. This quilt is one-of-a-kind.

Dancing man detail of Hallelujah! Finally Free as a Bird.

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