Gifts from Rocky Mount

On This Day in History Quilt for February 28:
On this day in 1964 American jazz pianist and composer Theonious Sphere Monk was featured on the cover of Time magazine. Monk’s unorthodox approach to piano and unique improvisational style made him the second-most recorded jazz musician (after Duke Ellington). Monk was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina in 1917, but moved with his family to New York City at the age of 5.

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This quilt was also born in Rocky Mount. Annie Bryant made this scrappy Log Cabin in 1925. She hand pieced and hand quilted it with cotton, wool and linen fabric and wrote the recipient, her granddaughter’s initials in ink. The quilt was documented by Bryant’s granddaughter in 1986 during the North Carolina Quilt Project, who said, “She just wanted to give us something.”

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/thelonious-monk-makes-the-cover-of-time-magazine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelonious_Monk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkmNNmAnAM

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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