Ruth McKendry, quilt collection, 17 Feb 1979 (2)

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Ruth McKendry, quilt collection, 17 Feb 1979 (2) - Journal Saturday, February 17, 1979 history...
Journal Saturday, February 17, 1979 history said, quilt, star of Bethlehem, hollyhock wreath, stars and blocks, sunburst, old maid's puzzle, double wedding ring, hovering hawks, delectable mountains, rolling stones or Johnny round the corner each Is quite Indi vidual, their collector said. Choice of colors., texture of materials and variations in pattern showed a personal self-ex-, presslon by each quilt-maker, she recalled, that displayed the pioneer woman as an artist expressing herself in quilts when It wasn't possible or the accepted thing for her to take an artist's brush In hand. Ruth McKendry marvelled at the labor put in each of the quilts she had collected during the 30 or more years she had pursued this "hobby Interest." Since it was the custom for a new bride to take a well-stocked hope chest of a dozen of everything with her to her new home and some families might have Or eight' daughters, she the pioneer wife and mother of the family might be Involved In helping make hundreds of quilts In her lifetime. She would also have to keep up with the family's everyday supply of bedding. But even when the quilt was for daily use U. 1 ' 7 I V '1 ' """"" - ( 4 j '14 1' ' .t.Utt' done 'as a It was love.'L. One bedspread - was made from pieces of discarded denim overalls and flannel work shirts, she said. Yet it was a pleasing masterpiece of blocks and circles, trimmed with embroidery. Her Javorite quilts came from the era before the 1860s, she said, when natural dyes were used on the homespun woolen cloth that always seemed to give soft colors that blended and mingled well together, and superstitions were as much a part of quilt-making as the meticulous even stitches of the needlewomen. A rolling stone-patterned quilt was called "Johnny round the corner" when it was used on a' boy's bed, love knots and hearts on bridal quilts were necessary for a happy marriage . . . Scot-, tish, Polish and German housewives in Ontario each expressed her hopes and beliefs in quilt-making. labor of rV51 Richard Corner photo Ruth McKendry with 1825 bridal Quilt 1890 Chimney sweep 1920 Star puzzle

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 17 Feb 1979, Sat,
  3. Page 74

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