On this day in 1776 the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from Great Britain. On July 4, 1777, the first anniversary of independence was celebrated in Philadelphia with a thirteen-gun salute, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews and fireworks, and ships were decked out in red, white and blue bunting.

Elizabeth Kobler of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, made this “Nontraditional Quilt” around 1778. Kobler hand appliqued, hand pieced and embroidered this non-quilted piece, including the inscription “EK.” According to the family, Elizabeth’s husband Barnette was a tailor who made Revolutionary War uniforms, and Elizabeth used his tailoring scraps for this quilt. The DAR Museum now owns this quilt and contributed its documentation to the Quilt Index.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance