Events, Museum

3. First Day of School Dress

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, 2012-051:

Jessie Rutley Vance‘s (1875 – 1970) mother, Mary (MacMillan) Rutley, carded, spun and dyed the wool from their own sheep in Ontario. She wove a ‘first day of school dress’ for Jessie with the fabric (1881 ca). Later she re-used the dress for the checked background of this quilt. Jessie and her husband, Norman Vance Sr. came to Saskatchewan from Ontario in 1908 with four of her eight children.

As Jessie was the eldest, and it was made from her dress, this keepsake was given to Jessie for use on the Vance farm near Baldwinton. Jessie kept it on her bed for many years to keep warm from the cold winter nights.

The ‘M’ on the back of the quilt identifies Mary as the crafter.

Crafted by Mary Rutley 1881 ca.

MIGRATING WEST

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

The women gathered together all the quilts, blankets and tied comforters they could either make or acquire. While very special quilts were packed in a trunk or used to wrap precious china, everyday quilts were left out for bedding. It wasn’t long before women found this bedding to be necessary for many other uses. A folded quilt offered a little padding on the wagon seat for the person driving the oxen or anyone riding over the long rough trail. When winds rose up and screamed across the dusty plains blankets, quilts and comforters were used to cover the cracks and any other openings that let the choking dust inside the wagon.

– Clayton McLain Memorial Museum (all rights reserved)
Events, Museum

2. The Canada Day Flimsy

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 Terri Paziuk:

Flimsy or quilt-top-to-be-quilted. Owner / Creator Terri Paziuk with Pattern by Laura A. Coia of ‘SewVeryEasy’ – – For Canada’s 150th Birthday in 2017.

Crafted by Terri Paziuk

These beautifully bright colours greeted visitors at the entrance to the Duvall House. And, yes, for the non-quilter, Terri wasn’t joking. A google search confirms that ‘flimsy’ is a real quilting word: “A flimsy (n., pl: flimsies) is a completed quilt top, but not quilted, with no batting, backing, or binding.” from the Quilted Twins Quilting Lingo.

Events, Museum

1. The Mystery 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 Marilyn Ramsay:

These hand embroidered / flour sacking squares were started in 1944, believed as a community gift for Anne (Ruth Ramsay’s sister) and Alex Baumgartner. Why it was never finished is a mystery but 5 years ago, some 65 years after it was started, my sister Rhea Lavoie of Prince Albert finished it.

mystery quilt
Submitted by Marilyn Ramsay

If you can help Marilyn figure out the reason why the squares were started and collected, but the quilt not assembled or finished, please email the Museum at cmmmcutknife@gmail.com, or contact Marilyn directly.

Museum, Summer

Immediate Opening: Part-Time

HIRING MUSEUM WORKER FOR WEEKENDS JULY & AUGUST

Duties include:

  • Giving Tours with the aid of Tour Guide scripts
  • Cleaning Exhibit Buildings & Displays
  • Assisting with Grounds Keeping
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Museum Administrator or Board of Directors

Hours: Saturday & Sundays 9am – 5pm
Wages: $14 / hour

All welcome to apply! Applicants do not need to be within a certain age group, or returning to an educational program in the fall.

Interested? Please contact a Board Member or email your resume to cmmmcutknife@gmail.com.