On this Day in History Quilts 2013: February 5

Tracks to California
On this day in 1883 the Southern Pacific Railroad completed its Sunset Route from New Orleans to California. The company, nicknamed the “Espee,” dominated rail travel to the Pacific, exploiting customers with high shipping rates and edging out his competitors. They did, however, foster a vibrant California economy that continued to thrive for decades.16-33-16_2.5.13
This stunning Rocky Road to California quilt was made by Magdalena Fisher Yoder of the Amish community in Arthur, Illinois around 1910. The quilt features a machine pieced wool top, wool batting, a pieced sateen back and a cotton binding. This quilt, as well as 3 others by Yoder and at least a dozen more by Yoder’s relatives, are part of the Illinois State Museum collection.

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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