On this Day in History Quilts 2013: February 1

Collector’s Dictionary.
On this day in 1884 the first portion of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. The editors originally envisioned the dictionary as a four-volume work that would take 10 years to complete. The project actually took over 40 years and resulted in 10 volumes containing over 400,000 words.

4A-7F-48C_2.1.13This Checkerboard (alternate name Collector’s Dictionary) quilt top was made by an unknown quilter in the late 1800’s in Cornish, New Jersey. It was documented in 1988 by the inheritor of the quilt during The Heritage Quilt Project of New Jersey.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance


Hi Amy,

We never tell you often enough how much we appreciate your posts…..And speaking of dictionaries….I’ve always thought you must be a walking dictionary/encyclopedia yourself considering the research you do for all these Day In History posts. Always enjoyable…..

My little 8-year-old friend in Statesville recently sent me a tiny quilt she got from an art-o-mat machine. Apparently there was an exhibit somewhere locally and they got the biggest thrill pulling the knobs on these machines. This concept was all news to me, but I guess everybody in the art world has known about this company for some time. Are you familiar with them? They have a website, I think, if you wanted to check them out.

Hope you’re having a great winter!

Pam Neil xo

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    Pam, thank you from the bottom of my quilted heart. I love doing these posts! It’s a joy to share all of the talented and interesting quilters in our community. And yes, I do know of the Art-o-Mat! In fact I worked on an Art-o-Mat project for SeeSaw Studio the nonprofit I worked for in Durham, NC. Here’s the link to that machine: http://www.artomat.org/gallery/see-saw/ Don’t think it’s still in use but it was such a treat to work with Art-o-Mat founder Clark Whittington to design this machine. The concept was to have the teenage designers at SeeSaw create products for the machine that would be vended in our gallery. Such a wonderful project.

    I am having a great winter and hope you are too, Pam.

    Much love,

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