Yazoo City Residents Honor Quilting Traditions with Annual Show and Competition

Since 2017, the end of September has brought a wave of color to the grounds of the Triangle Cultural Center (332 N. Main St., Suite A) in Yazoo City, Miss., as a multitude of quilts in all shapes, sizes and patterns adorn the front lawn of the century-old former school building. The spectacle, known as the Hills Meet the Delta Quilt Show, is the work of Phyllis Haynes, a Triangle Cultural Center board member, former antique dealer and quilt-making hobbyist who has also organized events such as Antique Days to benefit the center.

Haynes’ goal for this year’s Hills Meet the Delta Quilt Show—which is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.—is to honor the memory of E.T. Jordan, one of the earliest settlers of Carter, Miss., just five miles north of Yazoo City. Jordan lived in Carter in the early 1900s, at a time when the settlement consisted of little more than small houses, a town doctor, a grocery store and other essential buildings.

The diary of E.T. Jordan, which Phyllis Haynes found preserved on microfilm at the B.S. Ricks Memorial Library in Yazoo City, inspired the Hills Meet the Delta Quilt Show that Haynes subsequently created to teach visitors about 1900s-style quilting techniques and otherwise celebrate the quilting hobby. Image courtesy B.S. Ricks Memorial Library

Olivia Anderson, a Yazoo native, artist and friend of Haynes, found an article about the early days of Carter that mentioned Jordan. She sent it to Haynes, who lived in Carter before moving to Yazoo City, feeling it would interest her, Haynes says.

The article led Haynes to search the B.S. Ricks Memorial Library on Main Street in Yazoo City, located near the Triangle Cultural Center, for more information on Jordan and how the early settlers of Carter lived. There, she discovered a microfilm of a journal that Jordan had kept.

(From left) Center Director Lois Russell, Taggart Electric owner Ann Taggart, Hills Meet the Delta Quilt Show organizer Phyllis Haynes and Karen Dunaway sit around a table inside the Triangle Cultural Center in Yazoo City,

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