On This Day in History Quilt for April 18.

On this day in 1906 the Great San Francisco Earthquake, estimated at nearly an 8.0 on the Richter scale, toppled numerous buildings and killed hundreds of people.


This cheerful quilt titled “Bel peyizan lakay” was made by Haitian quiltmaker Denise Estava, whose partially constructed home was destroyed in the massive earthquake in Haiti in 2010. Estava was one of the founders a cooperative called PeaceQuilts set up to raise money for relief assistance through the sale of quilts like this one. You can purchase quilts from this group at their website: www.haitipeacequilts.org. The quilt is part of the Michigan State University Museum collection.

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