On this day in 1908, Julia Ward Howe became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Howe was a prominent American abolitionist, activist and writer, most famous as the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Anna L. Myers of Springfield, Oregon, was inspired to create this original quilt between 1930-1949.  Myers’ granddaughter documented the quilt in 2011 as part of the Florida Quilt Project, noting that her grandmother was a “pioneer woman (who) taught school in a sod house in Kansas…and went to Oregon in 1901.” Myers hand and machine pieced the quilt and embroidered and inscribed with ink the surface of the top with lyrics to a favorite hymn, “Old Oaken Bucket.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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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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