On this day in 1789, Vermont co-founder and patriot Ethan Allen died of a stroke at age 52. Allen was very involved in legal disputes over New Hampshire territory land grants, and later led the Green Mountain Boys to take the British fort at Ticonderoga in 1775. Allen was the first of eight children born to Joseph and Mary Baker Allen in Litchfield, Connecticut.

This Wreath of Grapes Medallion quilt from the permanent collection of the DAR Museum was made between 1810-1830. The hand pieced, appliqued and quilted piece features a ruffle binding. Although the quiltmaker’s name is not listed in the record, the donor of the quilt said it was made by a niece of Ethan Allen.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance