Issue 07: Louisiana
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What extraordinary place could be beautiful, strong, and proud enough to serve as the grand finale for the mighty Mississippi River? Louisiana, of course. Only Louisiana with her impossibly gorgeous mix of people, language, nature, and history — and quilting traditions — could fulfill such a task.
We are now shipping what could be our most thrilling issue yet, in which the Quiltfolk team journeys up the boot and down the bayou of Louisiana, exploring the quilting community one parish at a time.
Below, you will find a few story previews from Issue 07: Louisiana.
A celebration with roots in antebellum plantation churches, Easter Rock is the last remaining ceremony of its kind. But this year’s service featured something never before seen at the Rock: family quilts.
It was clear who the woman of the hour was at the Black Heritage Gallery. Judith Braggs exudes a timelessness that is echoed in her art. Made to be displayed on the wall, her work features scenes of home, family, and history “painted” with curated bits and pieces of fabric.
Just Wanna Quilt
Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard, professor of law and quilter, turned her Advanced Copyright class into a laboratory where students study copyright law, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship with the quilt world as their angle. Just Wanna Quilt is their ambitious “immersive research project” and podcast.
The crown jewel of St. Martinville for quilt enthusiasts is located in the Museum of the Acadian Memorial. The expertly stitched Acadian Odyssey – Acadie to Nouvelle Acadie retells the Acadians’ journey south to Louisiana after being violently removed from their Canadian homes by the British over four centuries ago.
In over a century of life, Clementine Hunter went from field hand to cook to domestic worker to world-renowned, self-taught artist at plantation-turned-art-retreat Melrose. Clementine created over 5,000 works of art including incredible pictorial quilts, and much of her art reflects radically changing times in the post-Civil War South.
For five generations, Parker women have been making quilts. Then a catastrophic fire burned the family home to the ground, taking with it nearly every quilt they’d ever made. Quiltfolk headed to Jonesville, Louisiana, to meet Katrina and Camillia Parker and see whether, when it comes to family and quilts, thread is stronger than fire.