Today in History: Harriet Powers & Quilting

Quilt making in Gee's Bend, Alabama
Today in History–October 29–the Library of Congress features quilter Harriet Powers, born on this day in 1837. Harriet Powers used a traditional appliqué technique to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events. Find out more about the quilting tradition by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this folk art form.

Quilts and Quiltmaking in America collection: images & oral histories

More quilting images

Aids quilt, Washington D.C.

Peaceful Village quilt

Quilting related sheet music

Quilting historical newspaper articles

Mathematical quilts

Quilts and Quilting: Piecing Together Family History Minerva’s Kaleidoscope

Quilts Preserve Memories from America’s Library

Stitch a Quilt from America’s Library