Music Girl Goes to College

Music Girl, part of the African Canvas Memory Quilt series, by O.V. Brantley, 2005.

Music Girl, part of the African Canvas Memory Quilt series, by O.V. Brantley, 2005.

Music Girl matriculated at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2010. I was delighted that my daughter India wanted to take her.

India and Music Girl are in their senior year and looking forward to graduation. I know many memories have been added to Music Girl.


Dress Up Girl

Dress Up Girl, 98/100 of the African Canvas Memory Quilt Series, 32 x 40 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.


My niece Brittany Hervey loves to dress up for a night out on the town. Dress Up Girl captures her totally.

She also travels the world as a flight attendant for Airtran, so her quilt includes flight memorabilia.

Basketball Girl

Basketball Girl, 97/100 of the African Canvas Memory Quilt Series, 32 x 40 inches, by O.V. Brantley, 2010.


I did not want to finish the African Canvas Memory Quilt series without making sure as many family members as possible had quilts. Basketball Girl was a gift to my stepdaughter Aja Brantley. She played basketball throughout high school, at Clemson University and now is a coach at Dunwoody High School.

Brown Sugar Stitchers Get #78-94 of the Series

Gifts for Brown Sugar Stitchers

Gifts for Brown Sugar Stitchers

I knew when I was elected president of the Brown Sugar Stitchers quilt guild last year that I wanted to gift some of the quilts in the African Canvas Memory quilt series© to some of the quilters. After all, it had been quite a memorable year.

So I reserved African Canvas Memory quilts #78-94 for my very special Brown Sugar Stitchers executive team. (I bet you thought I had given up on making it to100)!

Yesterday at my final meeting as president I gave 17 quilts in this series to a very hard working executive team. I think they were pleasantly surprised and joyful.

Look for postings about each one after I recuperate!

Dreaming of Africa (Part Two) Offered for Sale


Dreaming of Africa (Part Two) was a Christmas gift for a special friend and colleague in Atlanta, Georgia.  This quilt measures 16 x 41 inches. The binding and the sashing are black. The fabric on the back of the quilt is a green and pink fabric depicting the continent of Africa. This is where the quilt gets its name.
As are all of the quilts in this series, the quilt is signed, numbered and dated.

Zulu Queen Reigns in the Nash Family


Zulu Queen was created especially for Paula Nash. In her home, there is one room devoted to all things African. When I inquired about the inspiration for the room, I was told that her husband Willie had spent some time in Africa. While there, according to Willie, he was made a Zulu warrior! Well, every warrior needs a queen, so Zulu Queen was born.
Zulu Queen measures 47 x 60 inches. It is embellished with items personal to Paula, and was presented to her July 24, 2007 at my retirement party.

Tortola Spice (Part One) Adds Spice to Lovett Home


Tortola Spice (Part One) was inspired by my visit to the island of Tortola during our annual spring break cruise. One of the must visit tourist spots on the island is a store that sells exotic spices.
This quilt was finished in May, 2007 and presented to Willie and Seletha Lovett for hosting the annual office retreat. It measures 30 x21 inches and is number 61 of the African Canvas Memory Quilt series. I hope it finds a special place in their lovely home.

Major Blanche


Major Blanche #55/100 was made for a special friend. Blanche was a major in the Atlanta Police Department when she retired. The quilt has police fabric on the back, and red star sashing and binding. It measures 30 x 30 inches.
The police theme is carried out on the front of the quilt with embroiderd words sich as “protect and serve”, “courage,” and “protecting the innocent.”

Blanche is also a soror of Delta Sigma Theta. The quilt is further personalized for Blanche with symbols of the sorority.