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

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  • Descriptions in italics are from the seller or from the curator of the People's Place Museum in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • The descriptions below are accurate to the best of our knowledge, we have made every effort to acquire accurate information
  • all the quilts are from Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada
  • Most of the quilts were originally purchased from family estate sales. The town given below is the town 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 five cases where there is any doubt that a quilt is Mennonite, we have noted this in italics.
1  Nine Patch Variation
c.1930's
heavy wool felts
Condition: good
72 x 84
Town: Alma
Maker unknown; from the family of Clifford and Seleda Martin

2  Joseph’s Coat (Mennonite name)
c.1940
some coat linings and crepes
Condition: good
72 x 86
Town: Alma
Maker unknown; from the family of Clifford and Seleda Martin

"a typical, distinctive Waterloo County quilt"


"This distinctively Waterloo County pattern is executed with a mix of traditional colors and more modern ones. The deep rich tones of the sashing and its blocks, as well as the top and bottom borders, are the colors and shades often associated with Amish quilts. So, too, are the black center squares of each pieced block, the maroon triangles surrounding them, and the black squares and triangles which define each block’s outer edges.
“But the yellow squares, and the pink and purple triangles which alternate from block to block, are from a more modern palette.
“The pattern itself puts this quilt in a transitional position, too. Each block begins with a diamond in the square, the well-known, classic Lancaster pattern. But each is finished with a series of squares and triangles that move these blocks toward floral representation – a modern impulse.
“Black quilting stitches and the cable quilting design in the borders are traditional practices.”
(Phyllis Pellman Good)

3  Log Cabin
c.1930
bright coloured sateens and dark coloured fine wools
Condition: crisp, unused
69 x 84
Town: St. Jacobs
Made by Lydia Martin; from the estate of Leah Martin, one of Lydia's daughters

"rare and unusual pattern made almost exclusively by Waterloo County Mennonites"
(this collection has three of four nearly identical quilts made by a mother for her four daughters -- there are variations of borders, size, and some colors -- leading to each having a different effect -- numbers 3, 52, and 57)


(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 18, 19, 28, 32, 45, 52, 57)
Variable Star (with Wild Goose Chase border)
c.1930's-50's
cottons
Condition: fine
74 x 80
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

“This subtly toned quilt was carefully composed. Each star features a black center square surrounded by eight colorful triangles. Joining the stars top-to-bottom and side-to-side are black blocks of an unusual shape – flat on the sides but pointed on the ends.
“Plain black squares sit among the stars echoing the smaller squares at the heart of each star. Red dynamic triangles in the border reinforce the stars’ points.
“The quilt’s scale and balance are remarkable. Its quilting softens its highly geometric forms.”
(Phyllis Pellman Good)
5  Trip Around the World - Sunshine and Shadow
c.1940-50
mostly lightweight wools with some cotton sateen and rayons, figural glazed cotton lining
Condition: excellent, unused, with one spot
80 x 87
Town: Elmira
Maker: unknown; from Joseph Metzger

6  Double Irish Chain
c.1910
cottons
Condition: crisp, unused, with two small brown spots in center
70 x 80
Town: near St. Jacobs
Maker: same maker as number 40

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

7  Mariners Compass Variation
c.1890
cottons
67.5 x 83
Condition: good used
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

"exceptional and rare"

8  Chevron Log Cabin
c.1920
mainly fine wools, sateen border
77 x 84
Condition: perfect, unused
Town: Elmira
Made by Melinda Sander
9  Log Cabin Barn Raising (with Diamond Border top and bottom)
c. 1900
variety of materials
72 x 74.5
Condition: good, used, some weak spots
Town: from the settlement of Wilmot Township
Maker: unknown

from an Amish-Mennonite group found only in Ontario
10  Eight Point Star
c.1900-10
cottons
64 x 78
Condition: crisp, unused
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

11  Log Cabin Courthouse Steps
c.1920
fine wools
65 x 73
Condition: crisp, one small moth hole near center
Town: near Winterbourne
Maker unknown but made for Daniel Cressman

“This playful quilt has a few rules, but a lot of room for variation. All the center 'hearths' are yellow; all but two of the blocks include a pair of red 'logs'; each block is made up of 7 matching pairs of logs that are each a step away from the center hearth, on facing sides of each block. Most of the fabrics are plain, apart from striped gray and some purple and blacks which have patterns woven into them.
“It was in the assembling of the blocks that the quiltmaker allowed herself considerable flexibility. Each block is different from all the rest.
“There is minimal quilting – a bit 'in the ditch' on each block; scallops in the outer border.”
(Phyllis Pellman Good)

12  Unknown Pattern
c.1930
mixture of fabrics
78 x 86
Condition: used
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
13  Postage Stamp (5226 pieces)
c.1920-30
with some fabrics from much earlier
69 x 79
Condition: excellent
Town: probably within 10 miles of Alma
Maker: unknown

"rare to have small pieces up here”

“This Postage Stamp quilt may be a scrap bedcover, but its quiltmaker had a firm hold on its design. Despite the vast number of fabrics she put to use, and its 5226 pieces, the quilt follows a carefully maintained grid.
“Four plain red squares (in all but one main block) define each block’s center. Rows of dark blue form each block’s outer edges. Red-print squares, paired on each side with squares of light background, march diagonally between the blocks.
“The overall effect is of both subtle settledness and motion.
“A single row of crosshatch quilting runs through every other block in the pieced interior. The unquilted red squares seems to make them more prominent."
(Phyllis Pellman Good)
14  Variable Star
c.1930-40
lightweight wools, crepes, blends and yellow cotton sateen, dark blue cotton sateen lining
72 x 74
Condition: excellent, unused
Town: Floradale
Maker: unknown; from Milton Bauman

“Despite the orderliness, this quilt has an exuberance, due largely to its highly contrasting and intense colors.
“Notice the underspoken details that add to its energy and depth. Pairs of yellow triangles complete each row of brilliant stars, sitting tightly against the black borders. And dividing the strips of stars are plain blocks of two shades of purple, bringing more richness to the overall effect.
“The quilting is minimal, refusing to compete with the vibrant and carefully pieced stars and sashing, reminiscent of a glowing night sky.”
(Phyllis Pellman Good)
15  Nine Patch and Churn Dash
c.1910
heavy winter weight
64 x 81
Town: Floradale
Maker: unknown; from Noah Leah Gingrich

"like kind mother made for men when left home. Maybe by his mother."

from same family as 47

16  Trip Around the World / Sunshine and Shadow
c.1920
"somewhat heavier weight"
78 x 78
Condition: never used, 1 brown spot in white square; "some strange squares that would appear to be out of place but all original; no restoration"
Town: near Three Bridges
Made by Mrs. Lovina Bowman

17  Sawtooth Diamond
c.1930's
cottons
Condition: unused
70 x 82
Town: near Alma
Maker: unknown; from the family of Clifford and Seleda Martin

"a design exclusive to Waterloo County, usually in odd pastel colours"

18  Nine Patch
c.1930 with some older fabrics
cottons
Condition: crisp, unused
76 x 84
Town: St. Jacobs
Made by Leah Martin or her sister

"one of a pair made by Leah Martin and her sister – mother (Lydia) made her daughters hand piece this and (number 28)"

(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 3,
19, 28, 32, 45, 52, 57)

19  Crown of Thorns
c.1910
Condition: excellent with small moth hole
68 x 78
Town: St. Jacobs
Maker: unknown; from Lydia Martin and probably by her mother or grandmother

"nice weight and feel; unusual border arrangement"

(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 3, 18, 28, 32, 45, 52, 57)

20  Nine Patch
c.1910-20
cottons
Condition: pleasantly used
63 x 80
Town: near Wallenstein
Maker: unknown; from Mr. George Horst

21  Nine Patch Chain
c.1910
cottons
Condition: crisp, unused with one small brown spot
63 x 80
Town: near Elmira
Maker: unknown; from Levi Martin, Sr.

 

22  Trip Around the World
c.1930-40
flanelette lining
Condition: good used
71 x 83
Town: Elmira
Maker: unknown; from Joseph Metzger

heavy-weight; upper and lower borders don't match

23  Eight Point Star and Nine Patch
c.1920-30
Condition: minor weak spots in border, else good condition
70 x 76
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

from the same source as number 42

24  Eight Point Star Variation
c.1900-10
cottons
Condition: good, crisp
72 x 84
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown; from the family of Jeremiah Martin

25  Nine Patch Variation
c.1920
cottons
Condition: mint, crisp
76.5 x 81
Town: presumably near Wallenstein
Maker: Mrs. Joe Brubacher(?); from the farm auction of George Horst near Wallenstein; consigned to auction by Mrs. Joe Brubacher

“Orderly and balanced, this quilt employs the three primary colors in tones that are bright and well-matched. Even the size of the prints in the four fabrics fit the overall scale of the quilt.
“The left and right sides include an extra blue outer border, perhaps to make sure the quilt adequately covered the bed.
“Single rows of diagonal quilting are spaced across the pieced blocks. Scallops range through the four borders. The quilting was done in white thread.”
(Phyllis Pellman Good)

26  Unknown Pattern (variation of Bear's Paw)
c.1920
cottons
Condition: mint, crisp
77 x 92.5
Town: presumably near Wallenstein
Maker: Mrs. Joe Brubacher(?); from the farm auction of George Horst near Wallenstein; consigned to auction by Mrs. Joe Brubacher
27  Bachelor's Puzzle or Indiana Puzzle (?)
c.1920-30
sateens
Condition: good used
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
28   Nine Patch
c.1930 with some older fabrics
cottons
Condition: crisp, unused
71 x 80
Town: St. Jacobs
Made by Leah Martin or her sister

"one of a pair made by Leah Martin and her sister – mother (Lydia) made her daughters hand piece this and (number 18)"

(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 3,
18, 19, 32, 45, 52, 57)

29  Trip Around the World / Star variation
c.1900-10
cottons
Condition: good used
33 x 40 (a crib quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

"An unusual pattern made primarily by Mennonites in Ontario and Pennsylvania. Rare to find in a crib quilt."

30  Pinwheel
c.1920
cottons
Condition: good used with a small water spot, nice feel
75 x 79
Town: Elmira
Maker: unknown; from Joseph Metzger; Elmira
31  Eight Point Star Variation
c.1940-50
Condition: unused
67 x 79
Town: Lenwood
Maker: Mrs. Anson Bauman(?)
32  Flower Pot
c.1930-40 with some fabrics much older (the red, yellow and green fabrics are of the same type as those in other quilts in the collection)
Condition: crisp, unused
75 x 84
Town: St. Jacobs
Maker: a woman of the Martin family

(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 3, 18, 19, 28, 45, 52, 57)
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
calico's
Condition: good 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
Condition: crisp
78 x 86
Town: unknown
Maker: unkown

38  Unknown Pattern
c.1930
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. Jacobs
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. Jacobs
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
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: good used, some minor faded spots, nice feel
65 x 72
Town: Elmira
Maker unknown; from Joseph Metzger

45  Steeplechase
c.1910
sateen
Condition: unused
72 x 82
Town: St. Jacobs
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)

46  Eight Point Star
c.1910-20
cottons
Condition: unused but with a spot on back that shows through vaguely in one place
71.5 x 85
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

47  Double Irish Chain
c.1910-20
Condition: unusued
63 x 72
Town: Floradale
Maker unknown; from Noah Leah Gingrich

nice weight

from same family as 15
48  Variable Star
c.1930
Condition: washed, good
69 x 80
Town: Alma
Maker unknown; from the Musselman family

49  9 Patch Variation
c.1930-40
cottons
Condition: unused
71 x 82
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

may not be Mennonite

50  Puss in the Corner
c.1910
cottons
Condition: good used
66 x 77.5
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

probably not Mennonite

51 Unknown Pattern
probably c.1930's-40's
fine wools, polished cottons and some unidentified fabrics, with white plaid lining
Condition: fine
75 x 88
Town: near Wallenstein (?)
Maker not known; from the estate of Cleason Brubacher estate
52  Log Cabin
c.1930
bright coloured sateens and dark coloured fine wools (near identical with number 3 but with black and blue fine wool triple border_
Condition: crisp, unused
69 x 84
Town: St. Jacobs
Maker: Lydia Martin for her daughter who married Cleason Brubacher; from the estate of Cleason Brubacher

"rare and unusual pattern made almost exclusively by Waterloo County Mennonites"
(this collection has three of four nearly identical quilts made by a mother for her four daughters -- there are variations of borders, size, and some colors -- leading to each having a different effect -- numbers 3, 52, and 57)


(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 3, 18, 19, 28, 32, 45, 57)

“The overall design that results from the way Lydia Martin assembled her Log Cabin blocks is unusual and was done almost exclusively by the Waterloo County Mennonites of Ontario.
“Lydia’s great-grandfather, Peter Martin, migrated in 1819 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to the Waterloo County area. The Martins were farmers. Lydia (1892-1987) is described by her son Aaron as a person who “didn’t have much to say,” who “didn’t lift her head much,” and who “was not outgoing.”
“Her daughter Mary Gingrich remembers that her mother made a quilt similar to this one for each of her four daughters. Despite Lydia’s reserved nature, Mary characterizes her as “very particular” with her quiltmaking; in-fact, she “had to come up to the best. She tried to fill our hope chests, using patches left over from making clothes. Sometimes she bought the main color for her quilts.”
“This quilt has several striking features: Each hearth is a double-block, made up of a yellow and a red square. The blue and green logs that sit next to each other in alternating blocks are pleasantly compatible. A completely black pieced block anchors each corner in the outer “rippling” ring in the quilt’s interior. The same is true in the inner “rippling ring.”
“A blue border sits almost unobserved between inner and outer black borders. Quilting stitches appear only “in the ditch” in the pieced blocks and borders.
“This quilt was masterfully planned and executed.
“Martin found her voice in her quilts.”
(Phyllis Pellman Good)

53  Philadelphia Pavement
c1950's-60's
cottons, silks(?)
74 x 76
Condition: pristine
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

a "Sunday quilt"

54  9 Patch Variation and 4 Patch
c.1920-30
cottons
Condition: good used
Town: Wellesley(?)
Maker: unknown

"not Mennonite but from Germanic background and area settled by Pennsylvania Mennonites, Continental Amish and Germanic immigrants"

55  Eight Point Star
c.1890
cotton material of calico's and solid fabrics; sheaned cotton floral border; backing of paisley printed sheaned cotton
Condition: excellent
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

56  Variable Star
c.1890
cotton, 19th Century calico's
Condition: good used
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown
57   Log Cabin
c.1930
bright coloured sateens and dark coloured fine wools (near identical with number 3 but with black and blue fine wool triple border_
Condition: crisp, unused
80 x 96
Town: St. Jacobs
Maker: Lydia Martin for one of her daughters

"rare and unusual pattern made almost exclusively by Waterloo County Mennonites"
(this collection has three of four nearly identical quilts made by a mother for her four daughters -- there are variations of borders, size, and some colors -- leading to each having a different effect -- numbers 3, 52, and 57)


(for the work of Lydia Martin and her family, please see also 3, 18, 19, 28, 32, 45, 52)

58  Fan
c.1910
wools
Condition: excellent
64.5 x 79.5
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

nice detail of design with simple quilting stitch

from the Amish/Mennonite community of Waterloo County


59  Mennonite Star / Tulip
1880's
70 x 69
calico cotton
Condition: excellent
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

combination pierced and applique workmanship (tulip applique surrounding the star pattern)

60  Bow Tie
c.1930
cotton, fabrics came from the Arrow Shirt Factory of Kitchener, Waterloo
Condition: excellent
67 x 75
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

61  Log Cabin
probably c.1940's
Condition: poor with tears on four or five strips otherwise very good to fine
80 x 95
Town: St. Jacobs
Maker unknown; from estate of Isaiah B. Martin

62  Crazy Quilt
dated 1910, border and backing probably from the 1950's
satins, cottons, backing is soft cotton chintz style
Condition: good and clean with one worn or ripped patch
62 x 79
Town: Kitchener
Maker: a member of the Shantz family

Same maker and estate as number 65
63  Unknown Pattern with Sawtooth borders
probably c.1920's-30's
plaid lining material
Condition: good and sound except for some minor moth holes here and there and a little minor localised wear
70 x 83
Town: near Hawkesville
Maker unknown; from the estate of Mathias Martin

"It is in an unusual pattern exclusively used ( in my experience) by Waterloo County Mennonites. It is basically in sound condition and I believe that the minor bit of damage is forgivable for such an unusual quilt."
64  Sunshine and Shadow (with the squares arranged to form a large Eight Point Star)
c.1930's
wools and cottons
Condition: good (border englarged many years ago. It originally would have had just the single dark wine red border and a blue binding. The binding has been opened up and a second dark wine red border added to enlarge the size. It was not bound but had the edges of the new border and extra lining material turned in and sewn by machine. It does not detract from the appearance of the quilt.)
74.5 x 80
Town: Three Bridges
Maker unknown; from the family of Amsey Weber

65  Crazy Quilt
probably c.1910
satins, cottons, back is flannelette with children's scenes
Condition: good and clean (though back may need cleaning)
59 x 75
Town: Kirchener
Maker: member of the Shantz family

This quilt is knotted to hold it together (front to back) not quilted and no backing.

Same maker and estate as number 62

66  Log Cabin - Barn Raising (with Chevron border)
c.1910
various materials
Condition: some wear and moth holes
66 x 81.5
Town: Hawksville
Maker: Angela Martin

Old Order Mennonite

67  Diamond and Squares
given as between and 1905-20
cottons
Condition: good used
69 x 79
Town: near St. Jacobs
Maker unknown but owned by the grand-daughter of a Brubacher; the grand-daughter was named "Martin" and she passed it down to her daughter who's married name was "Eby". She in turn apparently passed it on to her daughter-in-law who was another Martin.

signed with initial "J"

This Brubacher family originally settled in Waterloo County some time between 1850 and 1860

68  Unknown Pattern
probably c.1940's
cottons
Condition: good used
20 x 30 (baby or doll's quilt)
Town: just north of Elmira
Maker: unknown

"... the couple were retiring from the farm and moving into a retirement home in town. Since they still make their own clothes, quilts etc. I would say this was made by them."

69  Dolls
c.1940's-50's
cottons
Condition: good used, three of the blue people's top pant stitching (about 1") is starting to come out, a couple of extremely small rust stains on the back
33 x 41 (baby or doll's quilt)
Town: near St. Jacobs
Maker unknown; from Amsey Weber
.

70  Log Cabin Sunshine & Shadow (with Sawtooth border)
c.1920
silks, cottons, wools, etc.
Condition: excellent
Town: Windterbourne
Maker: unknown, from a Martin family but unclear which one
71  Four Patch Irish Chain Variation
early 1920's
cottons
Condition: very good; a spot or tears
63 x 70.5
Town: St. Jacobs
Maker: unknown

72  Trip Around the World
probably c.1920's-30's
Condition: well-used with some bleeding and fading, but no serious holes, wear, or damage
Town: Floradale
Maker unknown, from the estate of Lydia Webber

73   Eight Point Star -- Nine Patch
probably c.1920's-30's
cotton calicoes
Condition: very fine (slight soiling)
From: Floradale 
Maker unknown, from the estate of Lydia Webber
74  Unknown Pattern
c.1930's-40's
cotton calicoes
Condition: near mint
63 x 71
Town: near Winterbourne
Maker: unknown
75  Four Patch
late nineteenth century
cottons, backing is a blue check woven indigo
Condition: very good with some minor fraying at the binding along the edge
72 x 83
Town: Wallenstein
Maker was the grandmother of Leonard Bauman


"with interesting old fabrics"
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 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
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(?)
Condition: poor
62.5 x 82.5
Town: near Wellesley
Maker: unknown
80  Nine Patch
c.1950's-60's(?)
Condition: fair
31 x 32 (doll's quilt)
Town: near Wellesley
Maker: unknown
81  Trip Around the World
c.1930
cotton calicos
Condition: good used
26.5 x 29 (doll's quilt)
Town: unknown
Maker: unknown

82  Trip Around the World
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   Unknown Pattern
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
91  Walk Around the Block
c.1930's-1940's (quilted and backed in the early 1960's
antique fabrics, cotton
Condition: good with some spots and a loose seam on one square
67 x 72
Town: New Hamburg
Probably made by Barbara Roth; quilted and backed by her and Georgina Freed

"The quilt top was done, I beleive, by the wife of our Mennonite pastor, Mrs Barbara Roth of New Hamburg, Ontario in the late 1930's early 1940's. She also provided the material for the backing when she and I quilted it in the early 1960's. When it was finished she gave it to me. She was also at the time teaching me to quilt. So this is actually one of the first quilts I worked on myself though I've done many since then." (Georgina Freed)

Georgina Freed was born in the area in the 1930's, and was a member of a Mennonite church there. For other quilts by her please see 92, 93, and 94
92  Nine (small) Patches within a larger Nine Patch
maker quilted and backed c.1960
from family vintage quilt top
Condition: unused
8 2 x 83
Town: completed in New Hamburg
Backed and quilted by Georgina Freed

Georgina Freed was born in the area in the 1930's, and was a member of a Mennonite church there. For other quilts by her please see 91, 93, and 94
93  Nine Patch with Hearts
1959
all cotton vintage fabrics, a light loft batton, back is cotton muslin (she believes earlier date than quilted top), printed border is feed sack
Condition: never used but with a light stain
38 x 47 (baby quilt)
Town: New Hamburg
Made by Georgina Freed

"expecting a girl. but a beautiful baby boy arrived instead. Everything is hand done, vintage fabric, well quilted, and never been used, in great shape."


But on the quilt a sewed in tag with, "Georgina Freed, Old 9 Patch, Pieced 1930, Quilted 1987"


Georgina Freed was born in the area in the 1930's, and was a member of a Mennonite church there. For other quilts by her please see 91, 92, and 94
94  Nine Patch
c.1950 (top), 1961-62 (backed, batton put in, and ties put on)
"scrap quilt": all cotton fabrics made from left over apron and dress fabric, etc.; light soft batton inside; looks like flannel but a plaid cotton
Condition: never used, excellent
41 x 51
Town: New Hamburg area
Made by Anna Moyer (backed and tied by Georgina Freed)

Anna Moyer is a woman of a Conservative Mennonite church

"not quilted, but tied with red knots something like a comforter would be. It is not heavy as it has a light loft batton inside. It is bright and pleasant for a baby. ... good warm cover for a chilly night." (Georgina Freed)

Georgina Freed was born in the area in the 1930's, and was a member of a Conservative Mennonite church there. For other quilts by her please see 91, 92, and 93
95  Trip Around the World
c.1960's-70's
Condition: fine with no apparent stains or tears; appears never to have been washed
76 x 81
Town: estate auction at the St. Jacobs Community Center in St. Jacobs
Maker: unknown
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