When I write, I can shake off all my cares.

On this day in 1929, Annelies “Anne” Marie Frank was born in Frankfurt am Main in Weimar Germany. Frank died from typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945.  Her father, Otto Frank, the only surviving member of the family found Anne’s diary and worked to have it published in 1947.  Anne wrote in her diary, “When I write, I can shake off all my cares.”

Elrid Benson Johnson of Brookfield, Wisconsin, made this Diary Quilt in 1992. Johnson made the quilt to track the first year after her husband passed away, one block for every day. “An ugly fabric represented “bad” days. Each strip represents a month. The colors of the sashing between the strips go from white (for January) through greens and blues and back to white again for December. The quiltmaker has a journal she kept the year quilt was made.” Johnson documented her quilt as part of the Wisconsin Quilt History 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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