Friday, August 20, 2010

ROM part 3

Mary Howard, Floral Pattern Quilt.  Toronto, c. 1940s.
"Busy Bee" signature quilt, 1924. 

Quilts are amazing.  Piecing, applique, embroidery, repurposing fabrics, documenting family history, function and decoration are all part of quilting.  It's even more interesting when you remember that all this stitching used to be completely done by hand.  It still can be of course, but alot is machine stitched today.

Signature quilts were often made as a fundraiser (ie. by the local Church women's group); each of the names shown would correspond to a donation made by that person, the larger the donation the larger their name would be stitched.

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