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Quilt

Type: For the Bed
Object Name: Quilt
Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario, Simcoe County
Period: Late 19th century
Date: c 1880
Dimensions: L 184 cm x W 167 cm
Materials: Cotton
Techniques: Pieced; hand-sewn
ID Number: T94.0378
Credit: From the Opekar / Webster Collection

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.