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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.
76  Unknown Pattern
probably c.1950's
fine print cotton, plain back, machine sewn binding
Condition: very good condition with the odd minor brown spot
73 x 73.5
Town: near Glenallan
Maker unknown; from the family of Joseph D. M. Martin
77  Unknown Pattern
probably c.1930's
heavy woolen men's suit materials and tweeds, plaids on back
Condition: very good except for some very minor wear to the woolen material in a couple of spots
68 x 83
Town: Wallenstein
Maker unknown; from the family of Leonard Bauman

"It is unusual to have such a complex pattern for a quilt made from these humble fabrics. Usually they are just squares sewn together. spots, really very minor."
78  Log Cabin
c.1940's
cottons
Condition: good, repaired (a strip in old fabric by an expert, unnoticable)
69 x 85
Town: Wallenstein
Maker unknown; from the family of Leonard Bauman
79  Six Pointed Star
c. 1950's(?)
wools(?)
Condition: poor
62.5 x 82.5
Town: near Wellesley
Maker: unknown

crudely made of rough materials
80  Nine Patch
c.1950's-60's(?)
blue jean's, upholstry fabrics, etc.
Condition: fair
31 x 32 (doll's quilt)
Town: near Wellesley
Maker: unknown

crudely made of rough materials
81  Trip Around the World
c.1930
cotton calicos
Condition: good used
26.5 x 29 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

82  Sunshine and Shadows
c.1930
cotton calicos
Condition: good used
17 x 23 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

83  Unknown Pattern
c.1940
cotton calicos
Condition: good used
17 x 18 (doll's quilt)

84  Unknown Pattern
c.1930
cotton calicos
Condition: used, repaired
12 x 12 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
85   Unknown Pattern
c.1880-1910
cotton calicos
Condition: good used
15 x 23 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

86   Trip Around the World
c.1930
cotton calicos
Condition: good used
14 x 18 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
87   Unknown Pattern
c.1880-1910
cotton calicos
Condition: good used
16 x 26 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
88  Four Patch Variation (?)
c.1930
cotton calicos
Condition: very good used
55 x 74
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

89  Log Cabin
c.1890
wools
Condition: some wear holes, faded at one border, otherwise good
71 x 72
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
90   Pinwheel
c.1940's
probably shirt material from the Arrow shirt factory
Condition: fine but unfinished (without backing, i.e., only quilt top)
67 x 85.5
Town: Wellesley
Made by Lydia McElhinney; from her estate

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