(I couldn’t resist re-posted this one under a different historical context…what a piece!)

On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. LaMarcus Thompson, designed the ride, know as the switchback railroad, that traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.

Agnes Mushet made this Octagon pillow cover from cigar silks around 1890. Noted in this Quilt Index record contributed by the New England Quilt Museum: “Husband Frank probably collected the silks when he worked at the Glen Forest Amusement Park on the Merrimack River in Methuen as head of concessions in the late 1890s.”

View of back.

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!


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *