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In 1876, Ellen Harding Baker, an American astronomer and educator, finished embroidering an amazing quilt. The quilt is a diagram of the Solar System, as known at the time. She used it as a visual aid for the astronomy lectures she gave.

The quilt is made from black woolen fabric, decorated with colorful wool-fabric appliqué, wool braid, and wool and silk embroidery It includes the eight planets, asteroid belt, the larger moons, a comet and numerous stars around the periphery.


Mona Evans
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