This Month in Quilt History: October

October is quite a noteworthy month when it comes to quilt history. Here are some historical notes pulled from the pages of Quilters Newsletter’s Design Wall page from the past few years — I think you’ll agree that October has seen more than its share of events that have had a major impact on our favorite pastime!

Oct 1737 This Month in Quilt History: October

1737 The Charming Nancy arrived in Philadelphia, bringing 20 Amish families from Europe. These families would lay the groundwork for “Amish country” in Pennsylvania, home of traditional Amish quilting.


Oct 1836 This Month in Quilt History: October

1836 Elizabeth Mitchell’s toddler son died on October 13, and in her grief she started work on what would become a unique and moving piece of American folk art, the Graveyard Quilt. Click here to see a photo of the quilt and read more about it.


Oct 1837 This Month in Quilt History: October

1837 Harriet Powers, creator of the iconic Bible Quilt, was born in October. Click here to see and read the story behind her Bible Quilt, and click here to see and learn about the second version, known as Pictorial Quilt.


Oct 1963 This Month in Quilt History: October

1963 The Haunted Quilt of Poy Sippi was put to the test on Halloween night, October 31. (Spoiler alert: it failed.)


Oct 1979 This Month in Quilt History: October

1979 The Quilters Hall of Fame held its first induction ceremony in October.


QNON16 Cover 500 221x300 This Month in Quilt History: OctoberI wasn’t kidding when I said a lot of big things have happened in October, and that’s not even all that we know of! For more, be sure to pick up your copy of Quilters Newsletter’s October/November 2016 issue, on sale now in quilt shops, bookstores, newsstands and online at Quilt and Sew Shop in both print and digital editions. Get yours soon — we’re hearing reports that copies are getting hard to find in stores, perhaps because this is our final print issue. But be sure to check our blog next month for more of This Month in Quilt History!



About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at Quilters Newsletter. If you ask her what type of quilter she considers herself, she'll answer, "Slow." Favorite techniques include hand quilting, both traditional and big stitch, but she also loves her walking foot and keeps meaning to get better acquainted with her open-toe embroidery foot.
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  1. Pingback: Scrap Bag: Graveyard Quilt exhibit, free coffin quilt block, literal leaf quilts, and more | Inside Quilters Newsletter

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