Stupendous and Elegant.

On this day in 1884, the Washington monument, the 550-foot obelisk that stands in the middle of Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Mall was completed. Plans for the architectural tribute were started only 10 days after Washington’s death. Designers in competition for the design were challenged to reflect Washington’s “stupendousness and elegance.” The winning architect was Robert Mills from South Carolina.

Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave, made this Liberty Medallion quilt around 1870 in Washington, D.C. The 85.5” square silk quilt is pieced, appliqued and embroidered. It was documented by its owner during the Kentucky 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.

Source:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/monument-to-washington-completed


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance
amy.milne@quiltalliance.org

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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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