Events, Museum

4. Keepsake Quilt

On Sunday, July 17 the museum hosted “Quilt Walk”, an indoor / outdoor exhibit that included heritage quilts from the CMMM collections and more recent items created by local crafters. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, we’d like to show you, over the next week or so, the beautiful handiwork we had on display.

From CMMM, 1998.P.115:

Quilt was made by Minnie Rorke (Scoular), Bertha Ann Brown (Scoular), and their mother, Elizabeth Bell Scoular (Foster) at their home in Galbraith, Ontario in 1911. It was brought to the Cut Knife area when Elizabeth came west to the Baldwinton district in 1912. After her death it was left at the home of her son, Robert John Scoular (1883 – 1969) and mother, Libbie Scoular (Wood) (? – 1977) in the Gallivan district. Robert’s daughter, Beth Piche (Scoular) donated it to the museum.

quilt crafted approx 1911
Crafted by the Scoular family in Ontario 1911.


Excerpt from “Timeline of Quilting History” compiled and written by the Clayton McLain Memorial Museum:

While the men talked eagerly of overcoming challenges and settling on the abundant rich farmland awaiting them, the womenfolk were all too aware of the dangers and hardships that lay ahead. Another factor that made pioneer women more reluctant about migrating west was their close ties with women friends and family. Most likely these dear friends would never see each other again. To ease this separation, friendship quilts were sometimes made for the woman leaving for westward lands. A friendship quilt served as a remembrance of dear ones let behind.


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