Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bulloch Hall 35th Quilt Show - second floor

This is a continuation of my post of last month on the Bulloch Hall 35th Quilt Show.  I was hoping to come back earlier to write this post but have barely been on the computer because of our future move.  We did move more furniture and boxes to Nashville but still have a long way to go to be finished - several months, at least.  But to get back to the quilt show - as we arrived upstairs in the Bulloch Hall mansion one quilt, no. 80, was exhibited in the hall and quite striking.  It is called "The Bride wore Red" by Kay Donges who says "I wanted to create a quilt using sparkly fabric in my favorite color (red.)  I envisioned an Indian bride.  Red is the color of life - a new life.  A wedding indicates a significant change in the life of a traditional Indian woman."

A Quilt Guild member was working in Irvine's Bedroom.  The bed was covered by quilt no. 83 "Family Stars" by Susan R. Morrison.  Next to the bed, on the wall, was quilt no. 85 "Downtown" by Susan Riser, which took her three years to complete.  Quilt no. 88 "Tuscany Rose" by Suzanne Gipaio has a flannel background.  Quilt no. 90 "Beach Fun" on the single bed was made by Pat Simone who says that she originally made napkins to use at the family vacation at the beach but since the family did not use them she repurposed them into a quilt.  (Click on any collage twice to enlarge.)

On the collage below, quilt on the left, on top, is no. 86 "Mississippi Delta Blues" by Ben Hollingsworth who says "I love music, especially the blues.  This is a tribute to the people from the Mississippi Delta, where the blues grew up."  Next to it, quilt no. 84 "Flight Plan" by Julie Bizzoso, is representing flying geese.

Quilt no. 87 below is "Graceland" by Alegra Bobette Robinson who says that she pieced this quilt on a trip with her two sisters to visit Elvis' home in Memphis, Tennessee.  Below it is quilt no. 89 "Kaleidoscope Luminosity" by Pam Reis - certainly a lovely glowing quilt, almost fluorescent.

We were greeted in the Sewing Room with quilt no. 106 "Hope" by Holly Anderson, quilted in honor of the Cure and Breast Cancer Awareness.  The bottom quilt on the right is "April Showers Bring May Flowers" by Karen Gornall with fun and colorful umbrellas.

Last year in my post about the 34th Quilt Show at Bulloch Hall, I showed a book, exhibited in Mittie's Bedroom, (click here) entitled "Mittie and Thee - An 1853 Roosevelt Romance."  Written by M. Huddleston and Gwendolyn I. Koehler, it is the romance between Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and Mittie Bulloch.  They became the parents of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., the 26th President of the United States.  The courtship was shown through their letters.  This year, the second volume, written by the same authors, is entitled "Between the Wedding and the War: The Bulloch Roosevelt Letters - 1854-1860."  It is the continuing saga of the two families, the Roosevelts of New York, and the Bullochs of Georgia, during the Civil War.  It gives an historical view of the antebellum society from the south and the north of the United States at the time.  This year the book was exhibited on a table in the Sewing Room.  Unfortunately, we missed going into Mittie's Bedroom because we ran out of time.

Another fun quilt in the Sewing Room was "Cat Treats" by Helga Diggelmann.  I liked the green square with all the little frogs, but then the red square with the little birds was sweet, too.

Quilt no. 104 "Not my first Black and White" by Sandra Teepen was next to no. 105 "License Tags" by Meg Latimer - which I showed on top of this post.  Meg says that she collected these "license tags" fabrics from 46 different quilt shops while driving to Minnesota.

The Civil War Room had some patriotic quilts on display.  Quilt no. 114, upper right corner below, is "Reacher" by Ben Hollingsworth.  Next to it is quilt no. 115, "Patriotic Rail Fence" by Nancy French who says that it was made for a Nicaraguan friend who is now an American citizen.  Below is quilt no. 116 "Pinwheel Flags" by Katy King.

Returning to the Upstairs Hall I took the picture of two lovely table runners in blue shades.  I'd love to have one of them on my table in our Nashville house.  Our dining area has been painted a light blue tone; however, there is no table there yet ... Runner no. 78, "Victorian Star Table Runner" is by Emily West and table runner no. 79, "Blue  Table Runner" is by Pat Simone.

I really wish I could finish this post by showing the quilts in the Attic, but unfortunately there is no time.  As it is, I really should not blog anymore until our house in Georgia has been totally cleared out.  But I do miss blogging and I feel that posting once a month helps me stay optimistic and happy.  I'll try to finish our visit at Bulloch Hall as soon as I can - stay posted ... and thanks for coming.  While you wait, here is a photo I took of Bulloch Hall with a special setting on my Nikon camera - now I am not sure what setting that was (oops) but still think it looks charming, a bit like a colored pencil drawing.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Bulloch Hall 35th Quilt Show - first floor

Bulloch Hall presented again this year a lovely display of creative and colorful quilts, new and old, contemporary and antiques.  As in previous years the quilts were hanging throughout the antebellum 1840 mansion.  This 35th Great American Cover-up Quilt Show took place March 10 through 19, 2017.

We went on Friday afternoon, March 17, which was St. Patrick's Day.  The lady and her daughter ahead of us were wearing their "green."  My husband was also wearing his green trousers.  There were not many leaves on trees but still plenty of green foliage and green grass. (Click on collage twice to enlarge.)

The 35th Quilt Show was dedicated to the memory of Dorothy L. Bovard.  Dorothy was a member of the Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild for more than 25 years and executed beautiful original quilts.  Her family loaned two of her quilts which were on display at the top of the stairs going from the first floor to the second floor; they are shown below.  One is called "Snow Falling on Spring Flowers (2003)" and the other is "Whoo-o-o Makes your Happy (2008)" - a quilt to make children laugh.

There was a table in the Front Hall with brochures giving information on the quilts.  We were also given a ticket to enter the quilt number of our favorite quilt.

Quilt no. 1 (top left below) is called Intertwined Hearts by Ann Quandee who made the quilt to celebrate her husband's parents' 50th wedding anniversary.  The Parlor had a special exhibit by artist Elizabeth Barton, who was born in York, England and immigrated to the USA.  She makes beautiful wall hangings but photographs were not allowed.  (You can catch a glimpse at a couple of them from the side of the left bottom photo below.)

The left bottom photo above is quilt no. 7 "Teaching of Baltimore" by Elizabeth Frolet.  It took 1,500 hours to complete.  Her quilt won the 2017 Viewer Choice Award.

Quilt No. 5 called "Daisy" by Subbha Thrivikraman was developed from a photograph taken in her garden.

Quilt No. 6 "A Toast to Toulouse Lautrec" by Kay Donges is a tribute to the French artist.  In this illustration Lautrec took his inspiration from can-can dancer Jane Avril and from Aristide Bruant who was a cabaret singer, comedian and nightclub owner.

As we walked into the Dining Room the work of talended quilters was displayed on the table, and on the walls.

 While I was taking a picture of the quilt on the table I heard a noise - one of the quilts had fallen to the floor.  No one was close to it; I went back to snap its picture.  Later on, the quilt owner, Wanda Rose Stewart, took the quilt away.  I was pleased to have taken the picture of her red headed paper doll quilt.  The quilt was named "Rose Girl #1 ... Paper Doll Stories."

I liked quilt no. 12 "ABC's Meet Quilt Blocks" by Elleda Rule, a fun quilt.

Unique quilts were warming the atmosphere in the Warming Room.

I liked the "Great Blue Heron" by Marie Monks Wood in the Back Hall.  No. 34 is "Village on the Danube" by Dianes Berdis - quilted after a trip down the Danube River.

In the Informal Parlor was quilt no. 43 "Sunny" by Ellen Lott, which I placed already at the top of this post.  Ellen says that she was given the colors blue and orange as a challenge and, to her, that meant the sun and sky.  No. 37, top left below, is "My Pieces of Peace" by Joyce Daniels and includes some Adinkra symbols from Africa.

More lovely quilts were waiting in the Master Bedroom.

I walked around the room to take a closer look at them.

Quilt No. 57 is called "Wooly Critters" by Pam Bohlander of Marietta, GA.

The raffle quilt "Shakespeare in the Park" was hanging in the Library.  Another lovely red quilt was no. 66 "Star of Mu" by O. V. Brantley of Atlanta.  She says "Star of Mu commemorates my daughter's initiation into our sorority Delta Sigma Theta - Mu Chapter."

The vertical quilt on the left, below, is "Tropical Island" by Joan Lindley of Savannah and the vertical quilt on the right is "You are my Sunshine" by Holly Anderson of Cumming, GA.

Next we went up the staircase going to the second floor, stopping along the way to admire more pretty quilts.  Quilt no. 73 is called "My Daddy" by Emily Wert.  She says "Given to my mother in memory of my wonderful daddy, Jan Boal (10-20-30 to 1-16-13.)"

The quilts from the second floor and attic will be shown in my next post because I am short of time.  We are still in the process of moving to Nashville, but the process is going very slowly.  My husband's dementia/Alzheimer is in the middle stages now and he needs more supervision.  Since I am the sole caregiver I have very little free time to do much else, including clearing the house or going on the computer.  I thought that last Sunday, March 26, being my birthday, I would spend some fun time and write this post, but found out that my only first cousin, from Cairo, Egypt, had passed away that day.  I was sad and did very little.  Since my husband did not remember it was my birthday, we did not celebrate.

My mother used to buy some hyacinth bulbs for my birthday.  I did buy a small pot but it had not bloomed yet and I did not see that the bulbs were tulips, no hyacinths, but they were pretty.  But I do not want to end on a sad note.  Just a couple of days ago as we were walking to the store I saw this little boy statue holding a small frog.  He looks innocent and happy surrounded by spring flowers - spring is here!




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Statue of Liberty and current events, winter 2017

Above is an illustration on Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper of July 2, 1887, showing immigrants on the steerage deck of an ocean steamer passing by the Statue of Liberty.  With everything going on here in our house it usually takes me a week or more, at night, to write a monthly post.  I had the current events section at the end of my Chinese Rooster Year post, but it became too long, so had to separate the posts.  In addition, I did not think roosters and Lady Liberty went well together.  Below is a political cartoon published in Puck magazine in 1880.

January 20, 2017 was the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States.  Some friends from overseas asked me how come Hillary Clinton did not win the election since she gained almost 3 millions more votes (an unprecedented figure in the history of presidential elections.)  In most countries she would have won - one person, one vote, but not in the USA because she won the "popular" vote and D. Trump won the "Electoral College" vote.  I read about it to explain to my overseas friends.  The Electoral College was established more than two centuries ago and is outdated, but still stands.  In a way it subverts the will of the voting majority.  A. Amar, a constitutional law professor at Yale University, states that the main reason for the origins of the Electoral College was to protect the Southern slave states.  A great part of the population of the US South was made up of slaves who could not vote.  The Electoral College allowed the Southern states to count each slave they owned as 3/5th of a vote.  It worked, as the first 8 presidential races out of 9 races were won by a Virginian.  Future president James Madison (1751-1836) a slave-owner from Virginia, had said he needed the Electoral College vote because in the South he "could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes."  (Below is an early painting of a US President with slaves - Library of Congress.)

In 2016, restrictions were placed by Republicans on over a dozen states.  They placed strict new voter ID laws that hurt many voters, for example older citizens who do not drive anymore and have outdated driver licenses were not allowed to vote.  They also decreased the number of polling places in black and poor areas to discourage the people from voting - North Carolina had 178 less polling places in 40 heavily black counties.  The Republicans would not have lost anyway because of what is called "gerrymandering."  Gerrymandering is defined as to "manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class."  The USA is the only country in the world where the redistricting process is done by self-interested politicians.  Below is a chart, adapted by Stephen Nass, explaining the gerrymandering process in the States.

As an example I am showing below two districts that have been gerrymandered excessively for the benefit of politicians - Republicans and Democrats.  There are many counties such as these in the USA.  In North Carolina for example, Republicans secured the majority of congressional seats even though half of the state's voters cast Democratic ballots.  This is the "legal" way voters can be disenfranchised, and will be for many years .  There is a lot more to explain about the evolution of the Electoral College and gerrymandering but this is not a political blog; more information on US voting can be found on the Web.

Donald Trump was unhappy that photos were circulated showing smaller crowds at his inauguration than at President Obama's inauguration.  In D. Trump's first speech at the CIA Headquarters he moaned about the media's reports but still mentioned how many times his portrait had been shown on magazines.  Luckily for him, he had brought along 40 supporters so they could cheer and give him a standing ovation ...  Afterwards he had his White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, declare on television that: "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period" even though his words contradicted available data.  Later, Kellyanne Conway, a Counselor to the President, called Spicer's statement "alternative fact."  As the saying goes "a picture is worth a thousand words" - see pictures below, at left the crowds in 2009, and on the right the crowds in 2017.  In center, is the crowd along Donald Trump's inaugural parade, and in the bottom, vice-president Pence walking in the parade.

The day after President Trump's inauguration was The Women's March on Washington, DC., Saturday 21 January, 2017.  It was the largest single-day demonstration in the history of the United States with marches in over 600 US cities, large and small.  For example 30 people in Stanley, Idaho, marched out of a population of 63!  It also became a worldwide march with over 81 countries participating in "sister marches."  It was estimated that 5 million and more marched in this anti-Trump protest.  It was to demonstrate against Donald Trump's offensive statements on women and to protect policies on women's rights, to counter Islamophobia and rape culture, to protect immigration, healthcare reform, the natural environment, racial and LGBTQ equality and freedom of religion.  Below are some of the marchers in Washington, DC, and New York City.  Congressman John Lewis of Georgia lead the march in Atlanta, GA.  (I talked about Congressman John Lewis at the end of my post of September 8, 2013 - click here to see it.)

In Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg and other French cities people marched in "solidarity."

Overseas the march swept the globe: they marched from the Antarctic Peninsula, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Caribbean Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Chili, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithania, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, St Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Vietnam, Zambia and a dozen more!

Since his inauguration, President D. Trump has nominated billionaires to his Cabinet (combined net worth of 14 billions,) has eased fiscal regulations (that will hurt consumers,) has added his chief strategist, Steve Bannon (an ultra-right white nationalist) to the Security Council, has called for an immediate construction of a wall between the US and Mexico border, has signed an executive order to complete a controversial pipe line, has signed an order to start appealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) which would strip millions from healthcare insurance, suspended a scheduled insurance rate cut for homeowners and more.  I was wondering why so many Trump supporters seem pleased with all these restrictive executive actions.  Then I read that America is the most frightened nation on earth.  If somehow you can convince the public that they have something to fear from foreign people, or poor people or people of other colors, they can easily be controlled to agree to anything - it's good brainwashing.  They will applaud as their freedoms are taken away.  The New York businessman and reality TV star, Donald Trump, has known this for many years, and that is - fear is an overriding emotion, with fear you can easily manipulate people in surrendering their democratic rights.

 The country and the world have been bewildered by all this activity and have been watching with worry and foreboding all this flurry of presidential directives, contra-directives, facts, alternative facts and so forth.  Now with the latest executive action banning Muslim refugees and immigrants from some Muslim majority countries (but maybe letting Christians come in,) world leaders have condemned the Trump regime.  What would US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) say now?  In 1938 he said, while talking to the Daughter of the American Revolution: "Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."


In the country that boasts of freedom for everyone "equality and justice for all" D. Trump has now banned the resettlement of refugees, children and sick people.  "There are tears running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight" said Chuck Schumer, the US senator from New York.  He is right, and the Statue of Liberty does not represent America anymore - an America of days gone by, maybe, but bigotry and fear have taken over now.  She might as well be fired by President Trump, as a resident alien from France.  Nowadays Europe is taking in seven times as many refugees as the United States does, so shouldn't she rather be in Europe?  Earlier I had seen ironic tweets from France such as this "tu peux nous renvoyer la Statue de la Liberté par post stp ? Merci.  "(Can you return the Statue of Liberty by post, please? Thanks.)  Here is a new one: "y'a moyen que la France récupère sa Statue de la Liberté? Elle leur sert pas à grand chose là." (Is it possible for France to recover her Statue of Liberty?  She does not seem to be of much use over there.)  Initially, it was a gift to the USA by the French people as a symbol of freedom for all.

There is a small replica of the Statue of Liberty in Paris on the border of the Seine River.  Not long ago someone placed a black veil on her head and wrote at her base "freedom in mourning."  The Paris Police and a Paris Fire Brigade had to come to remove the shroud.

All these executive actions have been quite negative.  But, on the flip side, it has proven great material for comedians.  D. Trump said in his inaugural address: "From this day forward, it's going to be only America first.  America first."  This has appealed to comedians everywhere.  After the "America First" speech, the Dutch TV made a satirical show asking that the Netherlands be "second" (click here) then Denmark (click here) then Belgium (click here) then Luxembourg (click here) then Kazakhstan (click here) then Portugal, Lithuania, Finland, Italy, Bosnia, Morocco and more are coming up (I can't keep up.)  Croatia is asking to be third (click here) Below is the message from Switzerland:  



Well, that is where we currently stand in the former country of freedom for all.  As D. Trump would say "so sad."  Comic relief helps - It's Great!

But let's return to the Statue of Liberty, and her beginnings.  As you may know it was designed and built by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (French, 1834-1904.)  Bartholdi was a young sculptor from the region of Alsace, France.  When he was 21 years old he made a long trip (1855-56) to Egypt and Yemen with his friend the painter Jean-Leon Gerome (French, 1824-1904.)  They both were in awe of the colossal statues in Egypt.  Gerome wanted to show them in his paintings, and he did.  Bartholdi, after visiting the Nubian monuments at Abu Simbel, where immense statues guard the tombs, had developed a passion for colossal statues and huge public monuments.  Below is The Colossi of Memmon by Gerome and the portraits of Gerome, top, and Bartholdi, bottom picture.

The Suez Canal in Egypt (this has a connection to Bartholdi) was constructed between 1859 and 1869 thanks to a giant fund raising on the Paris Stock Exchange under the direction of retired French diplomat Ferdinand de Lesseps; Emperor Napoleon III of France (nephew of Napoleon I) was a big sponsor of this huge maritime project.  The Canal was inaugurated by his wife, French Empress Eugenie, on November 17, 1869, with a performance of the opera Aida by Verdi.  Below are portraits of Emperor Napoleon III (1808-1873) and his wife, Empress Eugenie of Montijo (1826-1920) both painted by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873.)

Below is a painting showing the inauguration of the Suez Canal by French painter Edouard Riou (1838-1900.)

In 1865 Frederic Bartholdi had agreed to come up with an idea of a monument to be given to the USA from the people of France.  (You can read about this history in my post of July 4, 2009 "4th July and Statue of Liberty."  There are more posts mentioning the Statue of Liberty, see her name on the side of my blog)  But first, Bartholdi thought of designing a gigantic female fellah (Arab peasant) statue that would be placed at the entrance of the Suez Canal and serve as a lighthouse.  In April 1869 Bartholdi went back to Egypt and brought his statue prototype to Ismail Pacha, the khedive of Egypt.  His statue was a freed Egyptian female slave, rising, unshackled, above the Suez Canal, holding a glowing torch to announce that Egypt was a country of freedom.  He called it "Egypt brings Light to Asia" (as it opened a faster transit to Asia.)  But the khedive, who was short on funds, declined.  Below is a water color of the proposed statue of this Muslim Lady of Liberty offered to Egypt for the Suez Canal (courtesy Bartholdi Museum, France.)

Next Bartholdi started working on the monument to be given to the USA that was to be representing "Liberty Enlightening the World."  He went back to his original Egyptian statue and, based on that design, worked on several sketches to redefine the statue as a goddess, changing its oriental dress with a classical toga and naming it "Libertas" or "Lady Liberty" as it had been decided that this gift should be representative of "liberté" the French word for "freedom."  

Now you know the rest of the Statue of Liberty's story (or its beginning) and why she started as a Muslim freed slave.  This story is not well known in the US and would not please the anti-Muslim supporters; but can you grasp the irony, though?  (Below Currier and Ives print.)

In 1886, the people of France gave the Statue of Liberty to the USA in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of America's Independence.  This was given in friendship and in honor of the Franco-American alliance as well as the friendship built during the war of American Independence.  Below is Statue of Liberty's Celebration by Frederick Rondon, American (1826-1892.)

The statue was dedicated on 28 October, 1886, with a 21-gun salute from warships in the New York harbor.  President Grover Cleveland was present on Bedloe's Island for the dedication ceremony.  Liberty had her torch raised to the sky and the tablet of the law inscribed with the date of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence: 4 July, 1776.  Below is the painting of Edward Moran, American (1828-1901) who was present that day - Unveiling the Statue of Liberty.

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, 
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"  
- Emma Lazarus, 1883

Donne-moi tes pauvres, tes exténués
Qui en rangs serrés aspirent à vivre libres,
Le rebut de tes rivages surpeuplés,
Envoie-les moi, les déshérités, que la tempête m'apporte
De ma lumière, j'éclaire la porte d'or !



 




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