On this day in 1925, Dick Van Dyke, the beloved American actor who starred in the 1960’s sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” was born in West Plains, Missouri. Van Dyke spent his childhood in Vermillion County, Illinois and later served in the military during World War II before launching his acting career with games shows and other acting jobs before landing the starring role in “Bye Bye Birdie” on Broadway, earning him a Tony Award. Van Dyke is still acting today after more than 50 years in show business.

This “Around the World” quilt was also born in Vermillion County around this time. It was machine pieced and embroidered by Mildred Harper in Hoopeston, Illinois in 1930. The owner of the quilt, Penny Dick, of Bay City, Michigan documented the quilt during the Michigan Quilt Project in 1986.

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
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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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