On this day in 1785, two men, Jean-Pierre Blanchard from France and John Jeffries from America, crossed the English Channel in a gas balloon, becoming the first people to cross by air. They almost crashed into the Channel along the way and had to throw out nearly all of their supplies and cargo, including Blanchard’s trousers.

Bonnie B. Wiley Wobken of Dodge, Nebraska made this original, pieced and hand quilted design, titled “Hot Air Balloon,” in 1988. The quilt was documented as part of the Nebraska Quilt Project, coordinated by the Lincoln Quilters Guild.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance