On this Day in History Quilts 2013: January 23

Gifts from Canada and Alabama.
On this day in 1922 in Toronto, Canada the first insulin injection was given to a 14-year-old boy with diabetes. Before this discovery diabetics were treated with a special low carbohydrate diet, which prolonged their life by about a year.


This Square in a Square hand pieced and hand quilted simple beauty was made in the 1920’s by Ellna Lorene Harris in Guntersville, Alabama. According to her granddaughter, who inherited the quilt, Ellna was a tall woman and made the quilt very long for her comfort. From this record: “Ellna was a very good Christian woman. Had no children. Died of diabetes.” The quilt was documented in 2010 as part of the Florida Quilt Project, the newest contributor to The Quilt Index.

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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About quiltalliance

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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