You Say It’s Your Birthday!

On this day in 1933, Sylvia Leigh Doane (Milne) was born in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. Her father, John, was a doctor who made house calls and her mother, Gertrude, was a college educated mother of four who sewed many of her own clothes. Sylvia’s favorite place in Mansfield: the town library, a short walk down the block from her Victorian home. Happy Birthday, Mom, from The Quilt Index and your girl! Thanks for teaching me to love libraries and stories and a bunch of other great stuff.

Susan Nattrass and Sylvia Blade of Hudson Florida made this quilt, titled “You Say It’s Your Birthday (from the Beatles White Album)” in 2008 for Nattrass’s husband on the occasion of his 59th birthday. Mr. Nattrass documented the quilt in 2010 during the Florida Quilt Project.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its 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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