Last month Merikay Waldvogel and I took a tour of the South
looking at quilts in museums.
We stopped in Atlanta and spent a day at the Atlanta History Center,
which has several hundred quilts in their collection.
The galleries include a display of five or six quilts
housed in a clever mechanism. The quilts hang on
slant boards in the dark. You pick a quilt and push
the yellow button.
The slant board slides out so you can see the quilt for
about 30 seconds and then retreats.
When one goes to the museum one must have luncheon at the Swan Coach House
on the grounds.
We sat next to a lady who had lunched there weekly for fifty
years. It's that kind of a place.
Tara, Me and Merikay
We met Tara Miller of Atlanta there.
Merikay had chicken salad in timbales and a frozen fruit salad.
Being Atlanta, the History Center has some wonderful chintz quilts. Collections Manager Erica Hague took the time to pull a few for us. I thought I'd feature one or two a day for a few days and show you details.
Tree of life appliqued chintz quilt top
Tara braved life and limb to stand on a tall ladder for pictures.
Most of these excellent shots are hers.
Like many tree of life quilts this one is built on a rocky hill with a few
animals at the base. Everything is assembled from various chintzes and toiles.
Several of the animals like the goat look to be cut
from a pictorial toile (monochrome copper plate print.)
The peacock is cut from a chintz
We thought these animals were ducks but look at their faces.
Camels? With wings.
How old is the top?
I'm guessing 1800-1830.
Nothing is known about its origins.