On this day in 1776 the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from Great Britain. On July 4, 1777, the first anniversary of independence was celebrated in Philadelphia with a thirteen-gun salute, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews and fireworks, and ships were decked out in red, white and blue bunting.

Elizabeth Kobler of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, made this “Nontraditional Quilt” around 1778. Kobler hand appliqued, hand pieced and embroidered this non-quilted piece, including the inscription “EK.” According to the family, Elizabeth’s husband Barnette was a tailor who made Revolutionary War uniforms, and Elizabeth used his tailoring scraps for this quilt. The DAR Museum now owns this quilt and contributed its documentation to 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.


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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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