Twigs from the ’50’s.

On this day in 1949, English supermodel and fashion icon Lesley Hornby (later nicknamed Twiggy) was born in the northwest London suburb of Neasden. Twiggy was known for her slim figure, androgynous look, large eyes with long lashes and short hair. Her mother, a factory worker in a printing firm, taught her to sew as a child, and she used the skill to make her own clothing.  Recently, Twiggy launched a clothing line and blogs for HSN.

This “Bird on Twig” quilt was hand pieced, appliqued and quilted in Michigan in the 1950’s by an unknown quilter. The owner, an antique dealer from Eastpointe, Michigan who purchased the quilt, documented it during the Michigan 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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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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