By: Bets Ramsey
From a region rich in botanical life, an analysis is made of the botanical theme as a source for quilt design. Floral and leaf designs appeared in more than one hundred of the one hundred ninety-nine appliqué quilts found in the survey of Tennessee quilts which totaled fourteen hundred twenty-five. Fifty-eight pieced quilts had the same themes, including twelve examples of the pieced rose. Earlier research of floral quilts examined from nearby states is added to the study which catalogs and compares the various types. Personal accounts from nineteenth-century letters and diaries provide substantiating material.