Antique Quilts at Atlanta History Center

Quilt Out Loud | Episode 111 | May 2010-Week 1

Jodie and Mark introduce the show from the Turning Point exhibit at the Atlanta History Center. One of the nation’s largest and most complete Civil War exhibitions, Turning Point depicts the war through the eyes of soldiers and civilians. One of the civilians was Carrie Berry, a little girl whose story of remaining in Atlanta through the war and tending to daily chores such as sewing, is preserved here in her diary. The theme of “preserving the pieces, preserve the stories” continues throughout the episode.

Susan Neil, VP of Collections and Exhibitions at the Atlanta History Center, invites Mark to her workroom, a rare opportunity. Susan has chosen a few antique quilts to show Mark, each of which has a story to tell. Susan shares those stories and addresses some truths and myths surrounding quilts and their history. The quilt by Harriet Powers can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts. Kyra Hick’s book, “This I Accomplish: Harriet Powers’ Bible Quilt and other Pieces “ is available from Black Threads.

Proceed onto watch Part 2 of the series which shows how to quilt a stuffed applique table topper.

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