On This Day in History Quilt for March 15:

On this day in 1820 Maine was admitted to the Union as the 23rd state.  Many French Canadians came from Quebec to Maine in the 19th century for timber jobs. Ninety percent of Maine is still covered by forests—thus it’s nickname, the “Pine Tree State.”


French Canadian Corrine Lamoureux made this red and white quilt (pattern name possibly called Iowa) in Lewiston, Maine between 1876-1900. The handquilting on the piece is very fine—16 stitches per inch. The quilt was documented in 1985 by the maker’s niece during the North Carolina Quilt Project.

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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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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