On this day in 1985, Lynette Woodard (born in Wichita, Kansas in 1959) became the first woman to join the Harlem Globetrotters. Woodard helped her team win two state basketball titles in high school, and in college at the University of Kansas, she was a four-time All-American athlete. She was a member of the 1984 U. S. women’s basketball team that won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Woodard coached for a time and now works as a financial consultant in Wichita.

Sondra Millard, also born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, made this quilt, titled “The Land of Oz,” in 2012 for the Quilt Alliance’s “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” contest. Millard wrote in her artist’s statement:

“It was an easy decision to portray everything I love about being a Kansas girl in fabric. Our crazy weather, skies that go on forever, sunflowers waving from the side of the road and of course the wheat fields as the wind ripples across them. Kansas is home. It’s where I learned to quilt at the age of 9 on snowy days in a small-town country school.”

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.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance