On this day in 1771, career midwife Catherine Kaidyee Blaikley died in Williamsburg, Virginia. Blaikley was widowed early in her marriage and to maintain her inheritance she took up leasing rooms and midwifery. At the time of her death the Virginia Gazette praised Blaikley for delivering more than three thousand children.”

Edna Cable Stanton of Tennessee hand pieced and appliqued this Shooting Star quilt around 1885. The Quilt Index record states: “Edna Stanton was a midwife and farmer, widowed when her husband died in the Civil War. Anna Stout did the quilting in 1953. She died in 1984 at the age of 96.” A family member documented the quilt during the Quilts of Tennessee project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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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!


  1. terrysthoughtsandthreads

    Thank you so much for adding an enlarged image to the email. The zoom feature does not enlarge nearly as much as you did! I appreciate your hearing my earlier comment about this and acting on it. Bless you!

    • quiltalliance

      Thanks, Terry! This particular quilt record includes a separate detail image with a pretty high resolution. When such a detail exists for a record I try to include them. Unfortunately, for most records there is only one image uploaded and the quality of the photo and how much it can be enlarged with clarity depends on the photo taken and uploaded by the contributor. So, some images are clear and large enough to zoom in on and others are not. This is a beauty though and so glad we have the large detail. Thanks for noticing and writing!!


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