In mid-November the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in D.C.
held a one-day seminar A Piece of Her Mind: Culture and Technology in American Quilts in
conjunction with their exhibit of the same title that is closing at the end of December.
Detail of a quilt by Anna Catherine Markey Garnhart
The grape leaves are reverse applique
An Indian chintz spread on a bed. Wonderful to see the detail of how it's printed
The exhibit explored how popular culture from politics to newspaper stories
influenced quilts. Above and below two quilts with political textiles from
A Henry Clay campaign ribbon from the 1844 Presidential race.
Detail of a lovely small bedcover. The line on the right is a border
of appliqued pillar print. Just a small sliver.
At the seminar we learned much about botanical prints.
More on that tomorrow.
I've always loved this quilt by Mary King.
who made sure we knew she made it.
The birds and chicks have always fascinated me. Where in the world would
she get the idea for an image like this?
Curator Alden O'Brien had a clue.
Look at this woven coverlet with very similar imagery.
Cultural influences, indeed.
And the exhibit included many cases with open storage full of fabric
and related textiles.
You could spend hours in the exhibit room.
Tomorrow: The Papers