Quilt by Mahala Clark Freeman, Cramahe Township
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- 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
Dimensions: L 216 cm x W 200 cm
Techniques: Pieced; hand-sewn
ID Number: T2006.17.1
- This item is not in the Cramahe Archives. It is in the Textile Museum of Canada collections.
See the Narrative Threads below for images of quilts made by Mahala Clark Freeman's descendants.
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- Copyright, public domain: Cramahe Township Public Library owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image.
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