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Quilt

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Quilt
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1885 - 1895
Dimensions: L 179 cm x W 163 cm
Materials: Cotton; wool
Techniques: Quilted; pieced
ID Number: T84.0070
Credit: Textile Museum of Canada purchase

During long, cold winters in early Canada, heavy and warm quilts were a necessity for survival. Scraps of cloth from worn-out clothing and other cloth remnants (often homespun and hand-woven) were pieced together in simple, bold designs. Quilts of this type were meant to be utilitarian and tended to stay in the home. When a woman left home to marry, she was likely to take her fine cotton quilts with her.