For the Love of Kansas.

On this day in 1985, Lynette Woodard (born in Wichita, Kansas in 1959) became the first woman to join the Harlem Globetrotters. Woodard helped her team win two state basketball titles in high school, and in college at the University of Kansas, she was a four-time All-American athlete. She was a member of the 1984 U. S. women’s basketball team that won the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Woodard coached for a time and now works as a financial consultant in Wichita.

Sondra Millard, also born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, made this quilt, titled “The Land of Oz,” in 2012 for the Quilt Alliance’s “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” contest. Millard wrote in her artist’s statement:

“It was an easy decision to portray everything I love about being a Kansas girl in fabric. Our crazy weather, skies that go on forever, sunflowers waving from the side of the road and of course the wheat fields as the wind ripples across them. Kansas is home. It’s where I learned to quilt at the age of 9 on snowy days in a small-town country school.”

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! 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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