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Uncommon Legacy

Uncommon Legacy, 80 X 80 inch hand appliqued traditional quilt by O.V. Brantley, 2009. NFS.

Happy MLK Sunday!


My hand appliquéd quilt Uncommon Legacy was a Block of the Month from a quilt shop that I used to practice and perfect my hand applique. I named it Uncommon Legacy because at the time I made it in 2009, it was uncommon for traditional applique blocks to be placed on a black background rather than white or cream. It is part of my personal heirloom collection and not for sale.

India and Me posing in front of her Delta Sigma Theta initiation quilt “Star of Mu” at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX.

Yesterday sorors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority the world over celebrated Founders Day. The sorority was founded January 13, 1913. Thinking about legacy makes me think about my number one legacy -- daughter India. She is not only my daughter, but a legacy in our sorority because she is the daughter of a Delta. Legacy can take many forms, but basically it is what you leave behind. I am proud of the young woman India has become and of the quilts I will leave behind.


I hope you are spending some time on MLK Sunday reflecting on “LEGACY” — past and future. What will your legacy be?


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