On this day in 1752, Philadelphia printer Benjamin Franklin demonstrated electricity when he flew a kite during a thunderstorm and collected a charge in a Leyden jar, an early capacitor for containing static electricity.

This wool and silk Kite’s Tail quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted by an unknown quiltmaker in Iowa between 1925-1940. The owner of the quilt purchased it, and then documented it in 1988 as part of the Iowa Quilt Research Project. The record includes this note: “Quilt was originally tied. It was taken apart and new backing added and hand quilted.”

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance