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Quilt by Mahala Clark Freeman, Cramahe Township
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Quilt by Mahala Clark Freeman, Cramahe Township


This information was copied from several sources - the Textile Museum of Canada, Artefacts Canada, and Virtual Museum of Canada. The text below was copied from an online exhibit entitled "Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt." Place: Cramahe Township, Ontario, Canada Date: 1860 – 1876 DIMENSIONS in centimetres: 216 x 200 Materials & techniques: Cotton; Pieced, quilted Credit: Gift of Jo Anne Claus ID: Textile Museum of Canada T2006.17.1 Mahala Clark was married to John Bennet Freeman on June 7, 1864 and had five children. She died in November 1876 at the age of 32. She stitched this quilt at her home in Cramahe Township in Ontario, either before or during her 12 years of marriage. After her death, the quilt was given to Mahala’s only daughter, Jennie Freeman Snelgrove, of Brighton, Ontario, who was just an infant when Mahala died. Jennie treasured this quilt because it was the only connection she had to her deceased mother. As she had no daughter of her own, she passed the quilt on to her great-niece, Jo Anne Perry (Claus) in 1950, when she was 11 or 12, who then generously donated the quilt to the Museum. Mahala’s fine handwork lives on in this beautiful quilt, which combines patterns of stars with the Hole-in-the-Barn-Door pattern. Textile Museum of Canada cataloguing information: Type: For the Bed Object Name: Quilt Maker: Mahala Clark Freeman, 1844 - 1876 Place Made: North America: Canada, Central Canada, Ontario, Southern Ontario, Cramahe Township Period: Mid to late 19th century Date: 1860 - 1876 Era: Love Dimensions: L 216 cm x W 200 cm Materials: Cotton Techniques: Pieced; hand-sewn ID Number: T2006.17.1