|My grandmother and Bozo
In New Orleans
|Mom (14) with father JackSellers
Her mom made the
fabulous clothes for her from
pictures in the Vogue magazines
As all high society in New Orleans was, many of her clients were members of the elite Krewes of Mardi Gras. Rex was the most high of all groups and only the wealthiest and politically connected inherited those spots. The Mistick Krewe of Comus and the Knights of Momus were two of the second highest level Krewes. Still today mere mortals cannot be members, you must inherit these memberships. In the early days there were true royalty from Europe in the membership.
Some of their gowns hang in the Cabildo (or is it the Presbytere, I forget) in Jackson Square. These are the museums that flank the St. Louis Cathedral. They were heavily hand beaded and ornate.
Here are some pictures of one of the quilts made by Mimi and her sister Big Bertha who would also help do the sewing. (Little Bertha was Big Bertha's daughter, Big Bertha was actually a tiny woman!) These quilts have been documented and registered with the Louisiana Historical Quilt Project.
I love the printed piece of satin fabric here in seven. The pieces are just placed and sewn on willy nilly. How odd.
Again, the stitches are not high quality work. Not at all what I would expect from a pair of seamstresses.
I treasure these quilts and admittedly know very little of what a true quilt historian would know. One day I need to take them to LSU and get one of the textile professors to tell me stories about them.
I will show you the other quilt, the men's wear, one day. And I have two quilts from Frank's family that were made in the 1950s or 1940s, probably by his grandmother. They are more traditional, what I would call pioneer quilts. But a good lesson in all this is a lot of what we are seeing in Modern Quilting is really Old Quilting just new again!
glen: I hope you enjoyed my family's treasures.