Uplifting friends.

On this day in 1913, a New York socialite named Mary Phelps Jacob received a patent for her invention of the modern brassiere, a streamlined alternative to the unhealthy and painful corset.

Michigander Libby Cassin of Ishpeming began this quilt around 1930 and finished it in 1995 with the help of by her friend, Veronica Paeske, of Escanaba, Michigan. This “Square in a Square” quilt was machine pieced using “scraps left over from “The Gossard,” a factory in Marquette County, Michigan that made ladies undergarments such as bras and corsets.”

The quilt was documented as part of the Michigan Quilt Project by the family member who inherited it.

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://inventors.about.com/od/bstartinventions/a/brassiere.htm

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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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