Ruth McKendry's quilt collection, 29 Dec 1979 (1)
THE OTTAWA JOURNAL SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1 979 SECTION D PAGES 41-48 41-48 41-48 Pioimeeir life fascinates this collector She is sad to see quilts at auctions By Stevie Cameron JOURNAL LIVING LDIIOR If Ruth McKendry has any regrets about her new book on Canadian quilts, they are about the name. "I wanted to call it In Bed in Upper Canada but the publisher wouldn't go for it. He said people might get the wrong idea. Perhaps it was frivolous," she added, "but that's what we called it for the three years it took to write it." McKendry's encyclopedic book is now called Quilts and Other Bed Coverings in the Canadian Tradition and at $39.95 a copy the publisher might have done well to stick to the original title which people wouldn't forget. Whatever the name, this massive book is a major contribution to the history of Canadian folk art, and the first comprehensive study of Canadian Canadian quilts, coverlets, bedding and bed furniture. It covers the history of Ontario's pioneer families and their quilts, the fabrics and methods used, the patterns and names of the quilts and the symbolism in different different quilt patterns. Three years of work At 240 pages, it also contains a comprehensive bibliography, index, and footnotes as well as 450 photographs photographs (118 in color) taken by McKendry's husband, Blake. "You've no idea about the amount of work it took," said McKendry, 59, a native of Lancaster, Ont., who has collected Canadian quilts and coverlets coverlets for over 30 years. vmmmmmass 1 i i Ruth McKendry, surrounded by some favorite works, has just published 1 r-3 r-3 r-3 a book on Ontario quilts PETCn BROSSEAUJOURNAl 3 i f . J, and coverlets.