My Reminiscences of events, old and new, and travels, far and near
Sunday, March 24, 2013
A Quilt Show at Bulloch Hall - 2nd Floor
In my last post I showed quilts that were exhibited on the ground floor and the hall of Bulloch Hall in Roswell, Georgia. Today it will be the quilts exhibited upstairs, on the second floor. As I walked up the stairs I had to stop and take a look at the quilts against the wall. One appeared very western to my eyes. It is called "El Glows" by Ellen Lott of Roswell.
Another quilt, next to it, was also very striking - called "Serengeti at Twilight" by Leona Harden of Lilburn, Ga. Quilt #100 below. (This one is for sale too.)
So many quilts - on the walls, on doors, on furniture... (Click on each photo and collages twice to enlarge.)
Some of the fun quilts below would look just right in a child's room.
We entered "Irvine's Bedroom" and even the toy bed on the floor was covered with a miniature quilt.
On a side wall was Meg Latimer's "Sixteen Stars" - a machine quilted piece from an antique design (shown on the bottom left side below.) Quilt #113 was made by Gail Straub of Kennesaw, Ga., for the back of the couch of her neighbors as a 50th wedding anniversary present - but they have it hanging on the wall for all to see.
The "Sewing Room" contained quilts with some spool designs. They were so bright - on a sunny day one would have to wear sunglasses to have a closer look...
I liked this little whimsy quilt called "Ants" by Jan Antranikian of Alpharetta, Ga.
There were more quilts on the other side of the Sewing Room, including a pink and red star type one near the window called "Round Robin" by Diane Knott of Cumming, Ga.
Upon entering the "Wing Room" I immediately was mesmerized by a quilt exposed on a marble Victorian table in the corner of the room. It is called "Old Block - New Life" by Betty Alonsious of Cumming, Ga. She says that the center block was started as a guild project many years ago. It really was stunning.
I looked at the above quilt for a while, but there were more quilts on another wall to admire. (Don't forget to click on collage to see better.)
In this room there were also information panels explaining the building of Bulloch Hall and biography of its owners.
Miss Martha (nicknamed Mittie) Bulloch (1835-1884) married Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. on December 22, 1853 (there is a re-enactment of the wedding at Bulloch Hall every December.) They had four children: Anna, Theodore who became the 26th President of the United States between 1901 to 1909, Elliott - who had a daughter Eleanor who became first lady when she married her cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Corinne. Unfortunately Mittie died of thyphoid fever on February 14, 1884 when she was 48 years old. Her daughter-in-law, Alice Lee Roosevelt, the wife of Theodore, died on the same day in the same house of Bright's Disease, two days after giving birth to a daughter.
President Theodore Roosevelt visited Bulloch Hall on October 20, 1905, as part of a Southern United States tour.
A half brother of Mittie Bulloch, James Dunwoody Bulloch (1823-1901) was the chief foreign agent in Great Britain for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War and was based in Liverpool, England. There are many tall information panels explaining his service.
James Bulloch later wrote a book at the insistence of his nephew Theodore Roosevelt. It was a 2 volumes set entitled "The Secret Service of the Confederate States in Europe."
James Bulloch trained his nephew Theodore on the operation of wind-powered ships and naval warfare. James died in 1901 in Liverpool. On his headstone in Liverpool's Toxteth Cemetery was inscribed "An American by birth, an Englishman by choice."
There was one more quilt in the room - a memory quilt. It is called "Enjoy Life!" by Elisa Woods of Atlanta. She says "This bookshelf quilt represents a 40th birthday gift for my brother Mervell Woods. Growing up he felt the family did not take enough photo of him. Now he has been immortalized in fabric. In 2009 he suffered a heart attack at 47. Our family misses him dearly."
The last room we visited on the second floor was Mittie's Bedroom.
I slowly walked around the room, reading the information on each quilt.
The quilts near the chimney were so colorful with vivid colors and many flowers. Quilt #123 by Betty Duff of Milford, Michigan, was made to remind her of the rich colors of her native South Florida. Quilt #124 by Linda Johnson of Sharpsburg, Ga., was started in 2007 and finished in 2012.
I'll end up the tour of Bulloch Hall second floor with this luminous quilt below. It was quilted by Helga Diggelmann of Johns Creek, Ga., and is called "Roses are Red" - they definitely are.
We still have the attic to explore. When we came to Bulloch Hall at Christmas time the attic was not opened so it will be interesting to take a look at it ... in my next post.