On this Day in History Quilts 2013: February 7

Heartthrobs and quilts from the heart.
On this day in 1964 the Beatles were greeted at New York’s Kennedy airport by 3,000 adoring fans on their first visit to the U.S. The “Fab Four” were all in their early twenties and had just scored their first number one hit on the American pop charts, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”1-6-86-110_2.7.13

Karen Griska of White Plains, New York made this 15” x 15” wall quilt titled “Many Happy Quilts,” in 2008 for the Quilt Alliance contest “My Quilts/Our History.” Karen says in her artist’s statement:

The radio was playing “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles and gas cost just $.32/gallon in 1966 when I made my first quilt at age 13. Since then I have made over 200 quilts. I love improvisational designs, solid color fabrics, and traditional blocks, so this quilt came straight from my heart. I hope to make another 200 quilts, sewing through good times and bad, and whatever life holds for me. I wish you many happy quilts. Visit Karen’s Selvage Blog.

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/beatles-arrive-in-new-york
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipADNlW7yBM

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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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