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A Quilt Lights the Way.

On this day in 1950, Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, Princess Royal of England, was born to then Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Anne had an interest in pharology, the study of lighthouses, and as a patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board, visited each of Scotland’s 215 lighthouses.   This Lighthouse […]

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Made in Maryland.

On this day in 1892, the “Baltimore Afro-American” newspaper was founded by former slave John H. Murphy, Jr. Two editions of the paper are still in circulation—one in Baltimore, and the other in Washington D.C. Elizabeth Perry of Bethesda, Maryland machine pieced this sunny yellow and gold Pineapple Log Cabin quilt in 1932. Perry did […]

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Bones and Blue Ribbons: Treasures from Faith (South Dakota).

On this day in 1990, self-taught fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovered three large bones jutting out of a click near Faith, South Dakota. The bones turned out to be the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton ever discovered. The nearly 90 percent complete 65 million-year-old remains were later dubbed Sue. Carrie Elizabeth McLane Flannery of Faith, South […]

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Stitches and Songs Born in Wisconsin.

On this day in 1861, American composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. Her most popular songs were “I Love You Truly (1901) and “A Perfect Day” (1910). Norwegian-born mother of eight Grunhild Loftus Anderson hand appliqued and hand quilted this cream and yellow feedsack Hour Glass Variation quilt in the early 1900’s. At […]

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Q.S.O.S. Spotlight

What’s the most important part of a quilt? Perfect piecing? Even stitches? The ideal binding? Here at the Quilt Alliance, we think there’s one part of a quilt that’s always worth adding: a label. Today, we’re kicking off a mini-series here on the Q.S.O.S. Spotlight. We’ll be sharing excerpts about labels collected from Q.S.O.S. labels–why we label, […]

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Purple Hearts (and Gizzards).

On this day in 1782, General George Washington created the “Badge for Military Merit,” a purple heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with silver with the word “Merit” stitched across the face in silver. Only three known soldiers were awarded the “Purple Heart” during the Revolutionary War. An unnamed Green County, Pennsylvania quiltmaker created this machine […]

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The ART in Artichoke.

On this day in 1928, Pop art superstar and cultural icon Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia. Warhol studied pictorial design (illustration) at Carnegie Institute of Technology and began painting in the 1950’s. Following the advice of his art school teacher who told Warhol to paint what […]

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