On this day in 1905, American competitive swimmer Gertrude (Trudy) Ederle was born in New York City, the daughter of German immigrants. Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926.

Loretta K. Reardon of Lansing, Michigan, a swimmer and a quilter, hand quilted this Hour Glass pattern quilt, titled “Lap Swimming,” in 1993. Reardon writes, “I used to live at a Lake (Algonquin Lake in Hastings) and did a lot of swimming. Later I took up lap swimming. I missed swimming when ill, so these aquas and blues remind me of it.” Reardon documented her quilt as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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