Running Stitches.

On This Day in History Quilt for April 19.

On this day in 1897 the first Boston Marathon was run. The distance for the race was 24.5 miles. Fifteen competitors started the race and ten finished. Women were not allowed to enter the Boston race officially until 1972.


Lyle Morehouse of Metarie, Louisiana, made this quilt, titled “A Reason for Running,” in 1980. Morehouse appliqued and pieced her old race t-shirts and hand quilted it together. Record notes include “She ran 15 marathons.” Morehouse documented the quilt in 2003 as part of the Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project.

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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