Handmade Apple.

On This Day in History Quilt for April 1.

On this day in 1976, Apple Computer, Inc. was founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Their first product was the Apple I personal computer kit, hand-built by Wozniak, offered for sale at $666.66 (with inflation that would be $2,723 today). Apple, Inc. (“Computer” was dropped), was incorporated in early 1977 after Wayne sold his share of the company back to Jobs and Wozniak for $800. In 2012 the company’s value reached a world-record $624 billion dollars.


Nettie J. Melrose hand pieced and hand quilted this Apple Core quilt in Colorado. Although no date is listed for the quilt, Nettie was born in 1893 in Eastern Kansas and graduated from high school in Paonia, Colorado in 1912.  She passed away on March 9, 1984. “She began making quilts at an early age and continued to make them into the 1970s, treasuring those quilts made previously by her mother, aunt, and grandmother. It is possible that Nettie’s mother or grandmother pieced the Apple Core quilt.” Janice Yalch of Howard, Colorado, donated the quilt to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.

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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