Made in Lowell.

On This Day in History Quilt for April 5.

On this day in 1908, American actress Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. After her parents divorced, Bette moved to New York City with her mother and sister, where Bette studied acting and dance (with Martha Graham).  In 1930, she traveled by train from New York to Hollywood. She failed early screen tests, but finally made her screen debut with the help of a cinematographer who said she had “lovely eyes.” Davis is famous for her willingness and talent at playing unsympathetic characters.

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Portuguese immigrant Theresa Oliver Mello of Lowell, Massachusetts made this Z-Lightning quilt around 1910.  The quilt is part of the New England Quilt Museum’s permanent collection. There are two other quilts by Mello documented by NEQM in the Quilt Index.

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://womenshistory.about.com/od/quotes/a/bette_davis.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bette_Davis

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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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