On this Day in History Quilts 2013: February 12

Kin to a Green Mountain Boy

On this day in 1789 Vermont co-founder and patriot Ethan Allen died of a stroke at age 52. Allen was very involved in legal disputes over New Hampshire territory land grants, and later led the Green Mountain Boys to take the British fort at Ticonderoga in 1775. Allen was the first of eight children born to Joseph and Mary Baker Allen in Litchfield, Connecticut.


This Wreath of Grapes Medallion quilt from the permanent collection of the DAR Museum was made between 1810-1830. The hand pieced, appliqued and quilted piece features a ruffle binding. Although the quiltmaker’s name is not listed in the record, the donor of the quilt said it was made by a niece of Ethan Allen.

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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