On this day in 1881, Russian ballet legend Anna Pavlova was born. Pavlova died of pleurisy at the age of 50 after she refused surgery and reportedly said, “If I can’t dance then I’d rather be dead.”

Charlotte Carberry of Western Pennsylvania hand pieced and hand quilted this “Russian Star Variation” between 1930 and 1949. Her relatives documented the quilt as part of the Connecticut Quilt Search Project in 1994.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance