On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 17

Born in Oak Park: Betty and Another Beauty
On this day in 1922 American actress, comedian, author, singer and personality Betty Marion White Ludden was born in Oak Park, Illinois. White’s family moved to Los Angeles, California during the Great Depression, and in high school in Beverly Hills, White discovered her love for acting after taking the lead role in a play she wrote for a graduation day play. Three months later she had her first television job, singing songs with a classmate on an experimental LA station.

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This Log Cabin quilt was made by Rebecca Mason Grant of Oak Park, Illinois in 1885. The top is hand pieced silk velvet and satin. A relative of the quiltmaker documented the quilt during the Iowa Quilt Research Project in 1988.

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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_White

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

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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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