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The fine stitches and pine trees of Maine.

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.”

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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.

Sources:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/maine-enters-the-union


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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