Looks Like Teen Spirit.

On this day in 1991, alternative rock band Nirvana’s song “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is released as a single. The band, and guitarist, lead singer and songwriter Kurt Cobain, were only known to a small subculture of fans before the song made the unheard of leap from underground music scene to pop mainstream.

Teenager Georgia Thomas Mize of Sevierville, Tennessee made this Trip Around the World quilt in 1930. She hand pieced and hand quilted it and gave it her own title: “World’s Wonder.” The quilt is inscribed: “1930 George.” This quilt was documented as part of the Quilts of Tennessee project, and is included in Merikay Waldvogel’s book Soft Covers for Hard Times: Quiltmaking and the Great Depression (Nashville, TN: Rutledge Hill Press, 1990).

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

2 thoughts on “Looks Like Teen Spirit.

  1. Thanks for writing, Melanie. I admire a person of teenage years who can focus to that degree with all the developmental stuff going on in their bodies and minds (my daughter is 15 – so I’m in the zone). So many tiny pieces! And I love the name Georgia!

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