On this Day in History Quilts 2013: February 4

Mohicans in Morganton
On this day in 1826 The Last of the Mohicans, the second in a series of 5 novels by New Jersey author James Fennimore Cooper, was published. The book was adapted for film several times starting in 1912. The 1992 version of the film, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was filmed in part in Western North Carolina in the Lake James community near the small town of Morganton (my home town).

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This Tulip or Rose Tree quilt, made for a wedding gift, was entirely handmade by Sarah Elizabeth Brittain Walton of Morganton, N.C. around 1870. Sarah was a Scotch-Irish mother of six who was an expert seamstress and did all sorts of handiwork. Sarah’s granddaughter inherited the quilt and documented it during the North Carolina Quilt Project in 1986.

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://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-last-of-the-mohicans-is-published
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_the_Mohicans

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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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.

2 thoughts on “On this Day in History Quilts 2013: February 4

    • Thanks, Sue. Glad to have your feedback! Just realized this quiltmaker made two of the same quilt, as well as another variation of the Tulip pattern, and both are documented in the Index. She had six children–so she had a lot of wedding presents to make!

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