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Quiltfolk Issue 30: Georgia

Quiltfolk Issue 30: Georgia


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Nestled in the Southeastern United States, Georgia stands as a captivating blend of rich history, diverse landscapes, and a vibrant cultural heritage. From the dynamic urban energy of Atlanta to the timeless charm of Savannah, the state epitomizes Southern allure. Georgia’s pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement and its status as the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. lend an enduring significance to its historical narrative.

The latter part of the 20th century witnessed metropolitan Atlanta emerging as the beating heart of The Sun Belt, symbolizing the economic and demographic resurgence in the post-World War II Southern US. The city’s expansion, both in size and influence, culminated in the prestigious hosting of the 1996 Centennial Summer Olympic Games. This event not only elevated Atlanta’s global profile but also left a lasting legacy through landmarks like Centennial Olympic Park, embodying the city’s growth and modernization.

Beyond its urban centers, Georgia unfolds as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering the majestic peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the north and the serene coastal plains in the south. Savannah, with its preserved 18th-century town layout and architecture, stands as a living testament to the state’s historical depth. The state’s diverse topography, with valleys, rivers, and lush forests, reflects a spectrum of natural vegetation. Charming small towns and rolling hills interspersed throughout showcase Georgia’s rural grace, inviting exploration and unveiling hidden gems at every turn.

Though our journey through The Peach State was fast-paced, the warmth of Georgia’s residents eased our tight schedule. Quilters graciously opened their homes, shops, and communities, providing a glimpse into the state’s talent, historical significance, and supportive spirit. This issue is dripping with the essence of Georgia and the indelible mark of Southern hospitality.

“Georgia, Georgia

The whole day through

Just an old sweet song

Keeps Georgia on my mind”

Penned in 1930 by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, “Georgia on My Mind” has found its most iconic rendition through the soulful voice of Georgia native Ray Charles, who recorded it for his 1960 album. In a testament to its enduring appeal, the State of Georgia bestowed official recognition upon Ray Charles’ rendition in 1979, cementing its status as the state’s anthem.

The song’s meaning has sparked numerous interpretations over the years, ranging from a longing for the warmth of the Southern state to personal connections, such as Carmichael’s sister, who was named Georgia. Regardless of its origin, one thing remains certain: the evocative melody and lyrics resonate deeply with listeners, conjuring images of Georgia’s charm and allure.

We hope that as you read on and learn about the talented quilters, designers, innovators, community leaders, and artists in this issue, you’ll be keeping Georgia on your mind long after the music fades.

Offset printed and perfect bound, full color on uncoated paper. Printed in the USA.

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