On this day in 1973, the three-year-old chestnut thoroughbred from Doswell, Virginia named Secretariat became the first horse since 1948 to win the coveted Triple Crown—the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.

Shirley P. Kelly of Colden, New York, hand appliqued and machine quilted this 14.75” x 21.25” quilt, titled “Cigar – In Front” in 2006. The piece is now part of The Oh Wow! Miniature Quilt Collection at the National Quilt Museum assembled by Bill Schroeder with assistance from Klaudeen Hansen of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. All quilts in the collection were donated to the museum.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance