Bela and Belah.

On this day in 1958, American banjo player Béla Anton Leoš Fleck was born in New York City. “Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most innovative and technically proficient banjo players,he is best known for his work with the bands New Grass Revival and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.” (Wikepedia)

Belah Beatrice Sumrell of Ayden, North Carolina, finished this Dresden Plate quilt in 1952. From this Quilt Index record:

Mother had given the unquilted top to a cousin and she gave it to me; Finished in 1952, probably was in the making for a few years, Scraps from making clothing, feed sacks, Made other quilts, VA, DC, GA and WA; Children: Reginald, Marion, Winifred, Alene, Billy, Grace.

Sumrell’s daughter documented the quilt in 1985 as part of the North Carolina 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
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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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