On this day in 1949, American portrait photographer Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the third of six children.Leibovitz started her career working for the newly launched Rolling Stone Magazine in 1970. Her work includes many intimate celebrity portraits, including one of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for a 1980 Rolling Stones cover, the last professional photo of Lennon to be taken before he was shot and killed five hours later.

Fannie Hershberger Plank, made this Rolling Stone (or Broken Wheel) quilt around 1921 in the Amish community of Arthur, Illinois.  The quilt is machine pieced and hand quilted, and is now in the collection of the Illinois State Museum.

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


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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!


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