Writers and Quilters and Writing on Quilts.

On this day in 1908, Julia Ward Howe became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Howe was a prominent American abolitionist, activist and writer, most famous as the author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Anna L. Myers of Springfield, Oregon, was inspired to create this original quilt between 1930-1949.  Myers’ granddaughter documented the quilt in 2011 as part of the Florida Quilt Project, noting that her grandmother was a “pioneer woman (who) taught school in a sod house in Kansas…and went to Oregon in 1901.” Myers hand and machine pieced the quilt and embroidered and inscribed with ink the surface of the top with lyrics to a favorite hymn, “Old Oaken Bucket.”

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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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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