Plaid Fad.

On this day in 1975, the Scottish pop group the Bay City Rollers made their U.S. debut on the NBC’s variety program Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (the precursor to the still-running Saturday Night Live). Cosell compared the tartan-clad group to the Beatles, and while they did enjoy a brief success with preteen American fans dressed in plaid, the Rollers soon lost popularity to heartthrobs like Shaun Cassidy and Andy Gibb.

Lillian Hudson Griffin of Monroe, Louisiana machine appliqued and pieced and hand quilted this French Log Cabin, titled “Playing with Plaids on the Courthouse Steps,” in 1998 using plaid and striped fabric she had collected.  Griffin documented her quilt in 2001 during the Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project.

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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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