Astronomical Quilt

September 16, 2008 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Solar System quilt

I am a little late on the uptake for this one…well only about one hundred and thirty two (132) years late.

Ellen Harding Baker created this gorgeous and informative quilt in 1876 that she used as a visual aid for lectures on astronomy in West Branch, Moscow and Lone Tree.

The quilt is in the archive of the National Museum of American History.

From the NMAH website: “The maker, Sarah Ellen Harding, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1847, and married Marion Baker of Cedar County, Iowa, on October 10, 1867. They lived in Cedar County until 1878, then moved to Johnson County where Marion had a general merchandise business in Lone Tree.
Ellen had seven children before she died of tuberculosis in the spring of 1886.”

h/t Label-Free

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