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MENNONITE QUILTS OF WATERLOO COUNTY -- A CATALOGUE OF THE COLLECTION

  • Please click on images below to see larger images and, in some cases, details.
  • All the quilts are from Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada (please click here for a map of the region)
  • Descriptions in italics are from the sellers or from the curator of the People's Place Museum in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • It is very difficult to get accurate images of quilts. Color, tone, and brightness in the images below are "estimates." We have tried not to exaggerate the artistic beauty of the quilts. But, to see them in person is to get a very different experience. In many cases it is a more powerful experience. In other cases it may not be as impressive. In all cases, it is a very different kind of experience.
  • Most of the quilts were originally purchased from family estate sales. The towns given below are the towns where the sales occurred. Most of the families had been living on their farmsteads for decades before the estate sales.
  • We are not quilters and have not tried to describe quilting techniques or stitching.
  • We have found that titles vary from person to person. The titles below were given to us and should not be taken as gospel. "Unknown Pattern" means unknown to us.
  • The information below is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Where possible we have cross-checked information from different sources. Please note that, in the few cases where there is any doubt that a quilt is Mennonite, we have noted this in italics.
31  Eight Point Star Variation
c.1940-50
cottons
Condition: unused
67 x 79
Town: Lenwood
Maker: Mrs. Anson Bauman(?)
32  Flower Pot
c.1930-40 with some fabrics much older
cottons, polished cottons
Condition: crisp, unused
75 x 84
Town: St. Jacob's
Maker: Leah Martin

(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 3, 18, 19, 28, 45, 52, 57)

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33   Variable Star
c. 1930's
crepes, etc.
Condition: crisp, unused
73 x 78
Town: Floradale
Maker: unknown
34  Shoo-fly
c.1930-40
cottons
Condition: good used
73 x 78
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
35  Unknown Pattern
c.1930
cotton calico's
Condition: fine used
68 x 84
Town: near Alma
Maker unkown; from the family of Clifford and Seleda Martin

36  Crown of Thorns
c.1930
cottons, sateen
Condition: very good
68 x 76.5
Town: unknown
Maker: unkown

37  Lone Star
c.1950
cottons
Condition: crisp
78 x 86
Town: unknown
Maker: unkown

38  Unknown Pattern
c.1930
cotton calico's
Condition: unused
72 x 80
Town: near Alma
Maker unknown; from the family of Clifford and Seleda Martin

"unusual use of black"
39  Double 4 Patch
c.1930
cottons
Condition: unused
80 x 85
Town: near St. Jacob's
Maker: unknown

numbers 6, 39, and 40 are from the same estate; 6 and 40 are made by the same quilter; 39 is from the same family but a later generation
40  8 Point Star
c. 1910
cottons
Condition: crisp mint, never used with one minor brown spot in border)
70 x 82
Town near St. Jacob's
Maker: same as maker of number 6

numbers 6, 39, and 40 are from the same estate; 6 and 40 are made by the same quilter; 39 is from the same family but a later generation
41  Eight Point Star
c.1910
cottons
Condition: good used
16.5 x 17 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker not known; from the family of Jeremiah Martin family
42  Log Cabin Straight Furrows
c.1900
homespun wool backing, buttons used as centers
Condition: generally poor
15 x 27 excluding points (doll or small cradle quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

unusual and very rare

from the same source as number 23
43  Fans
c.1920-30
cottons
Condition: good
64 x 72
Town: near Elmira
Maker: Mabel Martin

nicely quilted

44  Unknown Pattern
c.1910
cottons
Condition: used, some minor faded spots, old and expert repair to a hole, nice feel
65 x 72
Town: Elmira
Maker unknown; from Joseph Metzger

45  Steeplechase
c.1910
sateen
Condition: unused
72 x 82
Town: St. Jacob's
Maker: mother or mother-in-law of Lydia Martin (who was the last to own it)

(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 18, 19, 28, 32, 45, 52, 57)

-- please see One Family's Quilts

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