On This Day in History Quilt for April 17.

On this day in 1864 Confederate forces attacked Union troops in the village of Plymouth in eastern North Carolina near the Albemarle Sound. The Rebels took the city after four days of battle, but Union troops would recapture Plymouth later that fall. This was the second largest battle fought in North Carolina during the Civil War.


This fragile Lone Star quilt was hand pieced, appliqued and quilted by Mary Rhodes between 1815-1840 in Plymouth, North Carolina. In 1947, Mrs. Alice Hoover Taft of Raleigh, N.C. donated the quilt to the North Carolina Museum of History, who contributed this record to the Quilt Index.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s 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

See You in June for Month Three!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! We’ve made two very different but complementary blocks together and we can’t wait to make more. Join us next month as we make a block designed by Pat Sloan — we’ll send instructions out on the 15th.

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @zakfoster.quilts on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM (or email us a photo of your block at blockparty@quiltalliance.org). And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


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