On this day in 1900, author Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Mitchell was a free spirit fascinated with writing and stories as a child. After leaving Smith College to help her family, she took a job as a journalist for the Atlanta Journal to make ends meet, earning $25 per week. Injuries forced her to quit and it was during this time that she began writing the book that would make her famous, “Gone with the Wind.” She died in 1949 from injuries sustained when she was struck by a taxi in downtown Atlanta.

This quilt, titled “Whisper to the Wind,” was made by Cheri Rabourn of Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 2011 for the Quilt Alliance’s “Alliances” contest. From Cheri’s artist statement: I dedicate this quilt to my Niece – “Shonda full of beauty and grace may the sun shine softly up on your face. You’re a free spirit loving and kind sent to this earth for blessings to find. As a gentle breeze blows through your hair, whisper to the wind all your hopes, dreams and prayers.”
The annual Quilt Alliance quilt auction, titled TWENTY this year, begins Monday, November 11. Starting Monday at 9pm Eastern, you’ll be able to view and bid on the Week One quilts on eBay.com by searching for “Quilt Alliance”. As soon as the auction is live we’ll also post links our website, blog and FB page. Thanks in advance for helping to make this important fundraiser a success!

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance