On This Day in History Quilt for March 14:

On this day in 1833 Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first American woman to graduate from dental school, was born in Constable, New York. After she received her degree at the Ohio College of Dental Surgery, she began her practice in Chicago, where she met her future husband James M. Taylor. Lucy helped train James and eventually they opened a joint practice in Lawrence, Kansas. She was an avid supporter of the women’s suffrage movement and only retired after her husband’s death in 1886.


Minnie Hair of Kansas City, Missouri made this “Little Nine Patch” quilt in 1930 and entered it into the 1933 Sears National Quilt Contest. Quilt historian Merikay Waldvogel purchased the quilt at an antique mall in Southwest Missouri in 2001. Waldvogel researched the quilt and the quiltmaker, and this history is included in this Quilt Index record:

Minnie Hair was born April 21, 1882 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, to parents… [who] emigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in 1880, and became naturalized citizens in 1890… Minnie married Franklin Pierce Hair, a dentist, on 18 July 1904… Franklin maintained a dental office in the Hair home from 1907 until his retirement in 1937… Minnie was a housewife and mother, and lived within only a few miles of her parents and birthplace all of her life. Her husband died in March 1959 at age 87. Minnie lived another 18 years and died in a care center in 1977, at age 94.

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.


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How To Trim Flying Geese Without A Specialty Ruler

If you don’t have a Bloc-Loc ruler, you may find trimming these flying geese challenging. But by following these steps, you should be able to get four accurate geese in each color!

First, line up your ruler so the point of the flying geese unit will be trimmed exactly ¼” above the point. Try to line the unit up as straight as possible on the other three sides.

Next, flip the unit over. Line up the edge you just cut on the 2” line of the ruler as shown below, and trim the excess from the top.

Flip the unit right side up again. Line the lower left corner up with the 3 ½” mark on your ruler as shown above. Trim the excess on the right.

Finally, flip the unit over again so the point is pointing towards the 2” line. Align the left edge of the unit with the 3 ½” ruler mark as shown above and trim the excess on the right. Your flying goose unit is now ready to be pieced into your block!

Quilt Documentation Tip

 Andrea’s block story is all about the importance of quilt guilds. Quilting can feel solitary, but guilds bring us together. It’s a topic of conversation that was discussed with two Birthday Block of the Month Designers in a recent Textile Talk where the participants all shared emotional stories about their love for their guilds. 

Did you know that your guild can document your quilts as a group? Consider hosting a quilt documentation day in your guild! Follow these instructions and have members share three minute stories about one meaningful quilt in the Quilt Alliance’s signature Go Tell It documentation program. You could even host a screening so all of your members can see the videos! Get in touch at: qsos@quiltalliance.org

See You in October for Month Seven!

Thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the Quilt Alliance’s Birthday Block of the Month so far! Our designer for next month, the seventh block we’re making together, is Bonnie Hunter herself! 

Be sure to tag @quiltalliance and @3rdstoryworkshop on Instagram with your block photos this month, and use the hashtag #QuiltAllianceBOM. And leave any questions about this month’s block in the comments below!


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