Sing it! Stitch it! Happy Mother’s Day, Carter’s!

On this day in 1909, “Mother” Maybelle Carter (Addington), country music legend, was born in Nickelsville, Virginia. She is the mother of three daughters Helen, Valerie June (better known later in life as June Carter Cash), and Anita. The sisters performed with their mother as the “Carter Sisters.”  The Carter family was inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. Maybelle Carter passed away in 1978 and is buried with her family in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

Mary Carter Rollins and Mary Alice Carter, mother and daughter from Boones Creek, Virginia, made this Dresden Plate quilt around 1929. The quilt is all handmade: pieced, appliqued and quilted with scrap fabric that includes old dresses. The quilt was documented during the Quilts of Tennessee project by the daughter/granddaughter of the makers.

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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