Bow Tie Medallion
Ms. Gustina Atlas
Port Gibson, Mississippi
36” x 44”
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved Michigan
State University Museum
Gustina Atlas has fond childhood memories of the quilting
bees she attended with her mother during her rural Mississippi childhood.
But Mrs. Atlas, who goes by the name Miss. G., "had other fish
to fry" and didn't learn to quilt until 1991 when she retired
from her job as a high school math teacher and started going to
Mississippi Cultural Crossroads – a center for the preservation
of the traditional quilting traditions and a quilting hotbed in
Port Gibson, Mississippi. Since then, the Mississippi Arts Commission
named her and several other women as master folk artists. Miss G.
is just one of the mostly retired women, both black and white, who
come to the center to quilt, share patterns, pass along and preserve
both African American and European American quilting traditions.