Lover’s Links and Louis: Thank You, Louisiana.

On this day in 1901, jazz legend Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Nicknamed “Satchmo” and “Pops,” Armstrong’s style of playing trumpet and unique gravelly voice made a profound influence on popular music. He was one of the few African-Americans who managed to cross over to mainstream entertainment venues and audiences in the 1960’s when America was still racially divided.

Mae Arnold, born in 1911 and died in 1987 in Winnsboro, Louisiana, made this Lover’s Links quilt in 1950 completely by hand for her family’s use. A seamstress by trade, Arnold walked with crutches and had to have her husband’s help to lay the cotton batting in her quilts. One of Arnold’s children inherited the quilt and documented it in 2002 as part of the Louisiana Quilt Documentation 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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