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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Quilt Square For Berea KY

The girls on the quilt square above represent the girls, from the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, who are attending the 75th Annual Mountain Folk Festival held in Berea Kentucky. The lovely Pamela Corley is putting together a quilt to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the festival-and the square is our group’s contribution to the quilt. The folk school always has a May Pole and the girls on the square are holding their Branches of May-just like they’ll be holding them at the festival as we dance the traditional Gisburn Processional in celebration of Spring.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    April 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Beautiful! I would love to see the whole quilt!

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    Vicki Lane
    April 2, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    A lovely square and a lovely tradition!

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    Jennifer in OR
    April 2, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    What a gorgeous quilt square!! And so full of meaning. You are such a special Mama.

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds
    April 2, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    That’s sure to be a gorgeous quilt!

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    April 2, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Hope you all are having fun at the
    Folk Festival in Berea. Some of us
    poor devils had to start cutting
    next winter’s firewood, but is was
    nice and windy: the best of times
    for enjoying the mountains and
    white water streams. Have a safe

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    Dolores Barton
    April 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Splendid workmanship; looks like lots of piecing and hand sewing for the small pieces. I can appreciate all the work having done some of this type of work myself.

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    Brian Blake
    April 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Anything that celebrates a 75th anniversary deserves praise and support, especially a Mountain Folk Festival! Wish I could be there!

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    Donna Godfrey
    April 2, 2011 at 10:53 am

    That is a beautiful block. I love original blocks that tell a story!
    Thanks for sharing this.

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    B. Ruth
    April 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Yep, I see Chitter and Chatter. They are the pink twins, right? Pink is much welcomed May Day Spring color!…How nice of Pamela to make the quilt…I would love to see the whole quilt. Maybe sometime you could take a picture and post it…Lots of hard work and love goes into making a commemorative quilt. A
    future heirloom for someone…

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    Miss Cindy
    April 2, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Nice quilt square! I hope we get to see a picture of the completed quilt.
    Tipper, you are a girl who puts her money where her mouth is…so to speak. You don’t just talk about preserving mountain traditions you are out there, in Kentucky, doing it!!
    Hope you and the girls have a wonderful weekend.

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 2, 2011 at 7:55 am

    How beautiful!

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    Jim Casada
    April 2, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Tipper–Nice touch and highly original. The quilt square put all sorts of nostalgic thoughts to running through my head. Mom was a great one for quilting (as she was for so many other crafts), and she made one for all of her grandchildren. Of course Daddy, equally capable when it came to crafting things, made a rack to hold them. In fact, he made multiple racks, and one of them, adorned with quilts including one Mom made, rests in my bedroom.
    It pleased me to learn that May dancing still survives. We had May Day each year when I was in school at Swain High. It included a May pole, a field day with competition in track events between classes, a dance, and a general celebration of the arrival of another mountain spring.
    Jim Casada

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    April 2, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Love this — so colorful and full of life. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt. 🙂

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    April 2, 2011 at 5:58 am

    That’s really pretty; I would love to see the whole quilt.

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