On This Day in History Quilt for April 3.

On this day in 1934, Jane Goodall, the renowned British expert on chimpanzees, was born in London, England. Goodall’s love of animals began early and at age 26, she traveled to Tanzania equipped only with binoculars and a notebook, to begin studying the wild chimpanzees. In 2002, Goodall was named a UN Messenger of Peace for her “dedication to what is best in mankind.”


Alice Goodall Pierce of Hitchcock, Nebraska pieced and hand quilted this wool Whirling Hexagon (Brackman # 0245) quilt for a family member in 1940. The quilt was documented in 1987 during the Nebraska Quilt Project (19 years after Pierce’s death).

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s 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

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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