Quilts, Creativity and Copyright.

On This Day in History Quilt for April 26.

On this day in 2000, World Intellectual Property Day was established to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life” and “to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe.”


Helen Gage Blackstone of Austin, Texas made this quilt, titled “Longhorns on the Chisholm Trail,” in 1979. It was documented during the Texas Quilt Search, and also in the book “Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, Vol. II, 1936-1986” (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990) by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O’Bryant Puentes. From this Quilt Index record: “The quiltmaker has stuffed the horns on her Longhorns to give them dimension and as a reminder of longhorns left on the Chisholm Trail after some cattle died or were killed on the long and difficult trail drives. Mrs. Blackstone has copyrighted her design.”

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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About quiltalliance

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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