Born in Oak Park: Betty and Another Beauty
On this day in 1922 American actress, comedian, author, singer and personality Betty Marion White Ludden was born in Oak Park, Illinois. White’s family moved to Los Angeles, California during the Great Depression, and in high school in Beverly Hills, White discovered her love for acting after taking the lead role in a play she wrote for a graduation day play. Three months later she had her first television job, singing songs with a classmate on an experimental LA station.

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This Log Cabin quilt was made by Rebecca Mason Grant of Oak Park, Illinois in 1885. The top is hand pieced silk velvet and satin. A relative of the quiltmaker documented the quilt during the Iowa Quilt Research Project in 1988.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_White

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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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!

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