Friday, March 18, 2016

Bulloch Hall 34th Quilt Show ... and more - part one

Time is moving so fast that I almost missed Bulloch Hall 34th Quilt Show "the Great American Cover-up Quilt Show."  Fortunately I read a notice about it in a newspaper, just in time.  This year the show was held between March 4 and 13, 2016.  It featured a special exhibit of quilts made by fiber artist Christine Cetrulo of Lexington, Kentucky - however photos were not allowed.  But it was OK to photograph this year's great variety of quilts, about 200 of them, displayed throughout the historic 1840 house museum.  We went on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, a beautiful sunny and warm day - 76 degrees F (24.4 C.)  It is always a pleasure to visit this imposing antebellum mansion in Roswell, Georgia.


My dear readers have seen several of my posts on Bulloch Hall quilt shows and at Christmas time, when the home is decorated for the Holidays.  This is our 4th year visiting the quilt show; chick here to see the 2013 show, here for the 2014 show, and here for the 2015 show.   Major Stephen Bulloch built this outstanding home for his wife Martha and their six children.  As I mentioned before, their daughter Millie married Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.  Subsequently Mittie and Thee's elder son, Theodore, became the 26th President of the United States.  The Bulloch's younger son, Elliott, was the father of Eleanor, who married Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States.

As usual, we were greeted by large quilts hanging in the front hall.  (Please click on collage to enlarge.)

Below, my husband is reading the show brochure while seating in front of quilt no. 1 "Crazy Daisy" by Diane Knott, a local guild member.  This quilt is feature on the cover of Ms. Knott's book "Scrap Quilt Secrets."  More of her work is displayed in other areas of the house.

In the back of the front hall was a striking blue quilt, called "Trees in the Moonlight" by Wanda Rose Stewart next to "Stwabewies Peese" by Devon Pfeif that was inspired by her granddaughter.

Then we walked into the dining room.  By the fireplace was a quilt that looked like a portrait painting.  It was "Life Journey" a self-portrait by Devon Pfeif who says "Upon completion of a project there are always bits and pieces leftover.  Those are what make up this quilt.  They have traveled with me for 30 years and are my life's journey."


The warming room contained some intricate geometric designed quilts, a quilt on a table and a quilt showing some sweet dogs.

There was also a bright red quilt from Diane Knott's book.  A quilt placed on an easel, called "Caged Bird" by Joyce Daniels, had been inspired by Maya Angelou's book I know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  On the wall was hanging a large quilt made from a multitude of little squares.  It was called "Nationwide Swap" by Sharyl Dawes.  She explained that the squares were accumulated through a Facebook Group.  Each month they exchanged 20 different mini charms.

In the back hall quilt no. 52 "Santa Fe Arch" by Ann Quandee was machine appliqued, hand and machine embroidered.  It was inspired by photos from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The "Wicked Challenge" quilts were hanging along the staircase.  The 20"x20" quilts were made of specially died green Cheerywood fabrics.  Up at the landing were a colorful owl "Ready for Carnival" and a fun "Night at the Circus" quilts.

I liked quilt no. 77 by Gail Oliver, called "Awakening Wicked."  She says "Elphaba decides to trust her beliefs and not judge right from wrong based on others' values."

My husband's favorite quilt was very large and pretty austere - white with blue border.  It is called "Welsh Beauty Celebrating Love" and was quilted by Karen Hallacy's mother to celebrate Karen's 25th wedding anniversary.

More lovely quilts were exhibited in the upstairs hall, and in the two bedrooms.  Quilt no. 108 below, near the chest of drawers, is called "Magnolia" and was made by Virginia Bradley, age 12, in Edgecomb County, North Carolina in 1863.  Virginia died a year later due to the diseases of the Civil War.

A guild volunteer was working on a quilt in one of the bedrooms.  She told me the pattern was called "stained glass window."  On the bed, a blanket had white applique designs - it is no. 91 called "Snowflakes" by Nancy Summa (top right below) who says "Since my husband is a retired Army, the use of his Army blanket makes the piece more meaningful."  I had never seen a plain wool blanket embellished like this.  It looked very pretty, indeed, for a rough Army blanket.  No. 84, in the center below, is "New Zealand Memories 2015" by Emily Wert.  She says "My husband surprised me with new wedding bands inscribed in Elvish on our 34th anniversary trip to NZ."  This quilt is made with fabric printed pictures and New Zealand fabric.

The quilt behind the bed is called "Kneeded Distraction" and was made by Shari Chastain of Kennesaw, Georgia (top right below.)  It is a play on word as she says that she stitched the blocks during recovery from two knee replacement surgeries.  Quilt no. 100, on the bed, is called "Swoon" by Jan Antranikian and is shown at the top of this post.

On a table in Mittie's bedroom was a sweet little quilted piece near the book "Mittie and Thee - An 1853 Roosevelt Romance."  The quilt is called "Les Coiffes Catalanes" by Jean Sands.  She says "Six vintage traditional head gear from the Pyrenees Orientales region of France were disassembled to make this wall hanging."  Below are two postcards of French ladies wearing the traditional costume from that area, next to a map of France showing Departement no. 66, the Pyrenees Orientales (bottom of map and filled in red.)  This French Departement is located near the Spanish border and the tiny nation of Andorra.

The pictures of the ladies on the little white quilt mentioned above are wearing Victorian clothes and go well with the lace and trim around them.  Even with an old-timey style this quilt has more the approach of a modern "improvisation" quilt because of the asymmetry of the background.

Most of the quilts exhibited at Bulloch Hall were of the traditional style, and they were gorgeous.  But I also like the artistry of modern quilting - the improvisations that show the personality of the quilter.  My blogging friend Ruth of the blog "Birds of the air quilts" is a creative modern quilter - below are two of her quilts: "Nancy's macarons" inspired by a painting of Paul Klee, and an urban modern garden improv from Virginia Woolf's book Mrs. Dalloway.

Another quilter, Cassandra of the blog "The [not so] Dramatic Life" quilted a vibrant mini improv quilt with scraps of lovely shades.  See below her "Blue Improvisation: Mini Quilt #6."

Both of these gifted ladies have a new approach to quilting that is original and innovative.  Their quilts are stunning and I thank them for letting me show their work on my blog.

Another quilt I liked very much was called "Raven Stealing the Sun" by Stella Lang.

Stella says that her quilt was inspired by legends from Indians of the northwestern United States.  But when I saw it, I immediately thought it was representative of Canada First Nations people, especially Coast Salish artists.  We went to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, three times and I bought several postcards of drawings made by Pacific Northwest Native people.  Some of these were drawn by artist Joe Wilson, born in Koksilah, near Duncan on Vancouver Island.  See examples below.  I love the great native art on Vancouver Island.

Now I still have photos from the quilts in the attic of Bulloch Hall, plus the sewing room and two rooms downstairs - they will be included in part 2 of this post.

Just a couple more drawings before I go - I saw these Native American cartoons by Ricardo Cate and could not resist showing them to you all.  Ricardo Cate, of native Kewa Pueblo heritage, is the only Native American cartoonist carried in daily mainstream newspapers.  (cartoons courtesy R. Cate.)


 More quilts to come ...

29 comments:

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

They are all so pretty and interesting. When I was young, I thought that I would like to try it. I made three for my daughters but I had little spare time and those were the only ones I ever did. I am in awe of the beautiful work that went into these works of art.

donna baker said...

Breathtaking. Astounding.

Elephant's Child said...

They are incredible. I could spend happy hours wandering there. My favourites changed as I scrolled through - but I did love Trees in the Moonlight and Raven Stealing the Sun. I have done some patchwork and am in awe at the creativity and skill of these artists.
Love the cartoons too.

Kay said...

I love that last cartoon. Thank you so much for sharing all these quilts with us. They are absolutely mind boggling creative, gorgeous and just amazing! Wow!

Jenny Woolf said...

I adore quilt shows, and only wish I had a photographic memory so I could recall each detail of each quilt. My favourite of all these might be the scrap quilt, partly because it reminds me of some wonderful tiles we once had in our kitchen, from Liberty of London, many years ago. Of course we can never get them again. I still have a few. Maybe I should ask my quilter friend to replicate them in a quilt! that's an idea.....

DJan said...

Wow! Some of those (like the woman's face) are so intricate I cannot imagine how they were done. Fantastic quilts, VB. And I laughed at the cartoon, too. :-)

Jeanie said...

These are unbelievably fabulous. I especially love the hallway star quilt on the white background and that map.

I always love it when you go here. It almost makes me want to quilt! But I'd rather enjoy others' work!

Jono said...

Beautiful and creative work! You have let me see possibilities that had never occurred to me for quilt design. Love the cartoons!

Pixel Peeper said...

Wonderful quilts...and I believe the quilters that have generated these pieces of art should have the same fame as other artists, be it van Gogh, Picasso, Warhol. Love the cartoons.

Magic Love Crow said...

All I can say is, WOW!!! Truly breath taking! Raven Stealing The Sun, stole my heart! As you know, I am Canadian, and I have traveled to Vancouver, so I know the art very well! I laughed so hard with the cartoon! That was brilliant! I agree! I have to say too, that I love Awakening Wicked as well! Big Hugs!

David said...

Vagabonde, Beautiful quilts as always. I must be old fashioned or just old, but although I can appreciate the imagination and art in the 'new' quilts I really prefer the old traditional patterns...and even better, antique quilts. We have a few of them and wish we had more. One of these days we'll have to make it down to visit the Bulloch house. The only problem is driving anywhere near Atlanta and its horrendous traffic as we'd have to come down I-75 from the north. The cartoon is spot on although if any Trump supporters read your blog, they may go ballistic! We're moderate Republicans but we've been left out of this year's election process... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Vicki Lane said...

Oh, my! So much beauty and in a beautiful setting. These days I find myself attracted to the scrap quilts but there is so much to appreciate in this embarrassment of riches.

Heather said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and Happy Birthday greetings for yours next week. What a marvellous venue for a quilt exhibition - the quilts were beautiful and so varied. I live in the south west of the UK not far from Bath where there is an American Museum where they hold quilt shows and there are always antique American quilts on display.

Pondside said...

The quilt show highlights an incredible amount of time and talent - and dedication. I loved the embellished army blanket because it is rather true to the old purpose of quilting, which was to use what one had to make something warm and beautiful.
Thank you for highlighting the work of Coast Salish artists. They are becoming very well-known and many people don't know anything about them at all.

Al said...

Wow, what an astonishing collection of quilts!

Miss_Yves said...

La variété des motifs est toujours très étonnante.
J'aime beaucoup les dessins quasi abstraits et les figures animales inspirées des légendes indiennes.

Reader Wil said...

These are outstanding works of art and your photos are very clear. Thank you for showing. Thanks for your comment about the Channel Islands. We also read about Victor Hugo. An interesting man. He would have been a great advocate of human rights, in our time.
I like the last picture of D.T falling in the water.Brilliant!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Pat said...

A feast for the eyes. I am full of admiration for those women - having spent many hours to complete a quilt that wouldn't hold a candle to those beauties. The first one in the post caught my eye and if I had to choose it would be that.
The cartoons gave me a chuckle:)

Ruth said...

Thank you for the trouble you took to photograph and share the beautiful quilts at the exhibit. I am really taken with that French head gear because it is a unique historic piece, and so simple looking.

And thank you especially for featuring two of my wall quilts here.

Linda said...

Everything is so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Sheila da Silva said...

What a beautiful exhibit. So many skills required to piece and assemble a quilt.

Shammickite said...

I am stunned by how many quilts were on display, and how beautiful they all are. I loved them all. But the one I loved the most was the self portrait made up of quilt fabric scraps accumulated throughout a quilting life. so beautiful. Ans so meaningful. I would love to visit that quilt show.... maybe one day, but Georgia is quite a long way from where i live. Unfortunately. Thank you for showing these quilts, I am inspired!

Down by the sea said...

I'm so glad you didn't miss this show. The quilts on display look amazing,they are all so different but each one appeals in a different way. So much work has gone into them and I enjoyed reading about those which have stories behind their designs. Sarah x

joared said...

These quilts are spectacular! I have some my mother quilted in her younger days (early 1920s). Later when she was losing her vision and couldn't quilt, she thought of them -- would so have appreciated seeing all you've pictured here.

joared said...

I meant to add -- I enjoyed your cartoons -- truth in humor!

Nadezda said...

All these quilts are very creative, talented people made them. I tried to make a small quilt or better say patchwork and understood that it's not too easy and need much imagination.
Thank Vagabonde for sharing these exhibit!

bayou said...

Thanks for posting all these exquisite quilts, Vagabonde. They are truely inspiring! I love the red and white one with the triangles. Perhaps THE inspiration for a baby quilt for my soon-to-arrive granddaughter?

BeachGypsy said...

Beautiful Beautiful quilts and i so enjoyed not only seeing them but learning about them! Hope things are going well for you my new friend...been thinking of you. Let me know how you are when you have some time ok? Is spring there yet?

Kay said...

I'm always so amazed at the incredible artistic work of quilters.

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