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Quilt

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Quilt
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario, Mitchell or Maple
Period: Late 19th century
Date: 1880 - 1900
Dimensions: L 188 cm x W 160 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Plain woven; pieced; twill woven; quilted; hand-sewn
ID Number: T86.0240
Credit: Gift of Nancy and Norman Whitla

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.