Lap Swimming and Lap Quilting.

On this day in 1905, American competitive swimmer Gertrude (Trudy) Ederle was born in New York City, the daughter of German immigrants. Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel in 1926.

Loretta K. Reardon of Lansing, Michigan, a swimmer and a quilter, hand quilted this Hour Glass pattern quilt, titled “Lap Swimming,” in 1993. Reardon writes, “I used to live at a Lake (Algonquin Lake in Hastings) and did a lot of swimming. Later I took up lap swimming. I missed swimming when ill, so these aquas and blues remind me of it.” Reardon documented her quilt as part of the Michigan Quilt Project.

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 or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.

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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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