Made in Depression-era Detroit.

On this day in 1936,  American poet, novelist, and social activist Marge Piercy was born in Detroit, Michigan. She is the author of seventeen novels including The New York Times Bestseller Gone To Soldiers, eighteen volumes of poetry including The Hunger Moon and The Moon is Always Female, and a critically acclaimed memoir Sleeping with Cats. She has been a key player in anti-war and equal rights movements in the U.S.

Pauline Gibbons of Waterford Township, Michigan (about 45 minutes northwest of Detroit) made this Seven Sisters quilt entirely by hand in the 1930’s. From this record:

“Made for her daughter Elizabeth on her death passed to daughter Patricia (Betty’s sister) on her death passed to Susan Bieri (Patricia’s daughter). Susan says, “This is one of my most treasured possessions…She only made 7 quilts and then decided she didn’t like quilting.”

Bieri documented the 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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