"New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Roaring Twenties" Sneak Peek

Once in a while, our TQS Photographer and Newsletter editor steps in front of the camera, but it has to be a very rare occasion. In this instance, Mary Kay Davis got to see her quilt live and in person at the National Quilt Museum as part of the New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Roaring Twenties exhibit. Click through to see Mary's quilt quilt and learn about it and the exhibit.


Mary Kay's quilt is called Tut Comes Roaring In, and here's the story about why she called it that:


"In 1922 King Tut’s tomb was discovered by Howard Carter. The mystery, magic, and treasures, led to a world-wide phenomenon known as "Tutmania".


‘Tutmania’ influenced everything from Hollywood to fashion and advertising after the pharaoh's tomb emerged from the sands of Egypt in 1922.’ – National Geographic


Everything was Egyptianized, from dresses and coats with palm trees and sphinxes to Flappers wearing headbands featuring cobras. High-end jewelers fashioned items based on King Tut’s own pieces using diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and onyx set in gold.


And while it influenced advertising and music, it also provided great inspiration for architects the world over. Egyptian motifs became extremely popular as you can see on the elevator doors of the Chrysler Building in New York which they began building after the discovery of the tomb.


For my quilt I wanted to highlight the Art Deco design of the 20’s, which is considered symmetrical, geometric, and sleek, while also referencing “Tutmania”. The gold background fabric is a nod to his spectacular gold sarcophagus. The shape of the rings represent the amazing Egyptian collars made from lapis lazuli, carnelian, obsidian, and malachite. The overall design itself is created in the oval shape of a Pharoah’s cartouche. The New York Beauty blocks represent the papyrus flower native to the marshy edges of the Nile River.


In 1972, 50 years after the discovery, a record-breaking exhibition entitled “Treasures of Tutankhamun” toured for nine years. I was 12 years old when I visited that exhibit and I’m still captivated by the mystery and magic of King Tut."


This is just a sneak peek of the exhibit, with looks at more of the quilts to come soon. The exhibit, New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Roaring Twenties, will be on display at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY from March 15, 2024 – July 30, 2024.


Below, TQS photographer Mary Kay Davis tells visitors at the National Quilt Museum about her quilt, Tut Comes Roaring In.




Tut Comes Roaring In by Mary Kay Davis




Tut Comes Roaring In by Mary Kay Davis - Detail Photo of the New York Beauty Block




New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Roaring Twenties - Exhibit Sign




Lesley weber
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The colors and the workmanship are stunning. Congrats on having your quilt selected for this exhibit!

Kathy Hendry
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Absolutely love everything about your Quilt, Mary Kay, from the title, to the palette and the design and the patchwork. Thank you and congratulations!

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