On this Day in History Quilts 2013: February 6

A Quilt and a Queen
On this day in 1952 Great Britain’s King George VI passed away in his sleep, and the crown was passed on to his oldest daughter Elizabeth, age 25 at the time. Her Majesty The Queen, known to her family in childhood as Lilibet, is a lifelong animal lover with a special interest in thoroughbred equestrian events.


This Queen’s Feather quilt was made in the 1960’s by Ruby Wyman of St. Johns, Michigan. Wyman taught herself to quilt in her thirties and made more than 50 quilts in her lifetime. She purchased the fabric new at Penney’s Department Store, hand pieced and appliqued the top, and did the quilting by hand while she sat by the hospital bedside of her nephew. Wyman documented her quilt in 1985 during the Michigan Quilt Project.

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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