A Blue and White Sunflower from Idaho.

On this day in 1890, Idaho become the 43rd state in the Union. Since exploration of North America began from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the southern borders, Idaho remained virtually untouched by Spanish, French, British and American trappers and explorers up to 1805 when Lewis and Clark came through the territory. To date there are only 26 records in the Quilt Index of quilts made in Idaho.

Betsy Anne Sargent, a homemaker and cook who ran a hotel and livery barn with her husband in Kooskia, Idaho, machine and hand pieced this Sunflower quilt between 1901-1929. Sargent made more than 30 quilts in her lifetime and this one, a ribbon winner at the Idaho State Fair, was documented as part of the ongoing Minnesota Quilt Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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Love the Blue and White Sunflower from Idaho. One note of correction, however, is that the town spelling is Kooskia not Kooski.

    Thanks, Diana!! Just fixed this. My typo–the spelling in the QI entry is correct. Happy Fourth!

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