On this day in 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis, a poor evangelical student from Louisiana, fought his strict Christian upbringing to record his second hit rock and roll song, “Great Balls of Fire.”

This “Ball of String” quilt was made by Tennessean Ila S. Beasley in 1928.  Ila’s niece documented the quilt during the Quilts of Tennessee survey and reported that her aunt hand pieced and hand quilted this string quilt for her hope chest before she married.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance