On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 16

Wet or Dry, A Friend Am I
On this day in 1919, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” The movement to ban alcohol actually began in the early 19th century led by rural Protestants. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was passed and ratified, repealing prohibition.


This Crazy Quilt was made around 1889 by an unknown quiltmaker. Two of the blocks include printed ribbon reading “Prohibition,” and another block is embroidered with this inscription: “Wet or Dry, A Friend Am I. F.” The foundation of the quilt is made of flour sacks with printing that identifies two flour companies from Tennessee. The quilt was donated to the Texas Memorial Museum sometimes between 1950-1959 and is now part of the Winedale Quilt Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.

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

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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