Log Cabin Quilt


Quilt Index Record: 5A-9B-3

Administrative Fields

InstNameF003
Royal Alberta Museum
InstProjNameF003a
Royal Alberta Museum Permanent Collection
InstInvContrNumF004
H05.2.1

Information source fields

IdentPersonF006
Other
SourceOtherF006a
Great-granddaughter of quiltmaker
DateDataF006b
01-19-2005
RelnQuiltF007
Quilt owner
IfQownerF007b
Inherited

Overall Quilt Description

TypeObjF008
Finished quilt
QuiltTitleF009
Log Cabin Quilt
AltNameF011
Courthouse Steps
OverallWidthF12a
150 cm
OverallLengthF012b
169.5 cm
ShapeEdgeF013
Straight
ShapeCornersF013b
Straight
PredomColorsF014
Beige or Tan
Black
Brown
OverallColorF14b
Light or pastel colors
Dark colors
OverCondF015
Fair/worn
DamageF016
Dirty
Disintegration of fabric
Fading
Open seams
Stains
Tears or holes
Wear to edge or binding
RepairsF017
Patched with new fabrics
RepairHistF018
Some center squares and strips replaced.
DateQuiltF023
1876-1900
DateBegunF023a
c. 1897
DateFinishF023b
c. 1905
OtherExDateF023d
1875 & 1860s - 1890s
DateInfoF023f
Fabrics are dated to be between 1860 and 1890 however as the quilt was made for the quilter's granddaughter, the quilt had to have been made between 1897 when the granddaughter was born & 1905 when the quilter died.

Quilt top description

LayFormatF024
Block pattern
NumBlockF026
72
SizeBlockF027
18.3 - 19 cm square
ArrangeBlockF028
Straight
SpacingF029
Side by side
BlockStyleF030a
Squares

Quilt top materials and construction

FiberTypesF035
Silk
FabricTypeF036
Velvet
FabPrintF037
Print
Solid/plain
ConstrucF038
Hand Piecing

Quilt back materials and construction

FabFiberTypesF040
Satin/Sateen
ColorBackingF040b
Green
NumPiecesF042
2
WidthPiecesF042a
75 cm, 75 cm
DescBackF043
Hand sewn
Machine sewn
Same fabric used throughout
Solid/plain

Quilt binding

ConstrucBindF046
Edges turned in/ no separate binding

Quilt batting

MatUsedF048
No filling

Quilting description

QuiltTechF049
Tied or tufted
ThrColorF049b
Green

Quiltmaker identification

QuiltTopF054
Mary Jane McDonald

Quilt provenance

ProvProvF057e
Nova Scotia
ProvCountryF057f
Canada
AcquiredF058
Inheritance
QuiltHistF059
The quilt was one of two Mary Jane McDonald created for two of her granddaughters. On Mary Jane's death, this quilt was left to her granddaughter Winifred Viola Macdonald, then in her 8th year. Winifred gave the quilt to her daughter Audrey Marion Turton who passed it on to her son Keith Douglas Turton who then donated it to the Royal Alberta Museum in December 2004, approximately 100 years after the quilt was created.

Quilt purposes uses

ReasonsF060
Gift or presentation
QDesignF060b
Unknown

Quilt design and materials sources

SourceMatF063
Unknown
TopSourceF064
Public domain/traditional pattern
PattSourceF065
Public domain

Quilt ownership and contact info

OwnershipF082
Public Museum, Library or Institution
OwnerProvinceF086a
Alberta
OwnerCountryF086b
Canada

Quiltmaker personal information

MaidenF097b
Balmain
GenderF098
Female
BirthDateF099
12-15-1840
DeathF100
04-10-1905
BirthplaceCityF098a
Moncton and/or area
BirthplaceProvF098c
New Brunswick
BirthplaceCountryF098d
Canada

Quiltmaker Family history

SpouseF113
James W. McDonald
OccupationF115
Contractor

Image Information

InvenNumF075
H05.2.1_1
ImageConF075a
quilt
ImageTypeF076
Color
SourceF077
Digital
photocredit079a1
Lucie Heins
AccessF080
Restricted
HolderF080a
Royal Alberta Museum
CreditLineF080b
Royal Alberta Museum
CopyRestF080c
Curator/Assistant Curator Western Canadian History Royal Alberta Museum 780-453-9176
DistribRestF080d
Curator/Assistant Curator Western Canadian History Royal Alberta Museum 780-453-9176
DisplayResF080e
Curator/Assistant Curator Western Canadian History Royal Alberta Museum 780-453-9176
LicenseF080f
Curator/Assistant Curator Western Canadian History Royal Alberta Museum 780-453-9176

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Contributing Institutions
MATRIX: Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online at Michigan State University, Michigan State University Museum, Alliance For American Quilts
Publisher
Quilt Index
Resource Type
StillImage

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