My sister and I were transported to 1880’s rural Ontario recently. Well, we drove to Fergus but once we got there, we were immersed in 1880’s culture at the Wellington County Museum & Archives. We were there specifically to see the exhibit of log cabin quilts. Some gorgeous examples in this collection, on display until May 25, 2012 and they were well displayed.
One of my favourites was made in the 1880s by a 12-year-old girl, Agnes Miller, from the vicinity of Clifford, Ontario. I kept saying to my sister – this looks so contemporary! The colour sense and the design really impressed me.
The border of this quilt is dark red velvet. I can’t imagine creating something like this when I was 12 years old!
We also learned that this museum, a National Historic Site, was built in 1877 as a House of Industry and Refuge, which provided shelter for the “deserving poor,” the aged and the homeless.
My sister and I both adore log cabin quilts, so we came away with renewed appreciation for the talents of our quilting ancestors and lots of design inspiration. We highly recommend this exhibit!