On this day in 1901, a drilling derrick near Beaumont, Texas, created a very large gusher of crude oil, launching the American oil industry.

Jo Budd of Bungay, Suffolk, England made this art quilt, titled “Oil Rig” between 1996-98. The piece, which measures 125.5” x 98.25” is hand painted and dyed and hand pieced, and is part of the permanent collection of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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
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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