Old Nova Scotian Quilts

The Nova Scotia Museum has a wonderful collection of quilts. With Nova Scotia's rich heritage of quiltmaking, it is fitting that this Museum should take a special interest in preserving examples of this tradition, and in presenting them in a travelling exhibition hosted until February 11, 1996 by the Canadian Museum of Civilization and in a book named Old Nova Scotian Quilts, written by Scott Robson and Sharon MacDonald.

The exhibition contained two levels of information on quilts: visual and documentary. The quilts were arranged visually according to type of construction of the quilt tops - pieced, log cabin, crazy (and other silk quilts), wholecloth (including white), and appliqué. The pieced quilt section was by far the largest, reflecting the dominance of this type among old quilts in the province. The documentary material explored the social history of quiltmaking in Nova Scotia, based on details found in diaries, newspapers, and inventories, as well as records of the Red Cross, and church and women's groups. Some of this information was about specific quilts, while other details added to our understanding of the lives of Nova Scotians who made and used quilts.

Some examples:

NOTE: All this information was taken from the book Old Nova Scotian Quilts, by Scott Robson and Sharon MacDonald, co-published by the Nova Scotia Museum and Nimbus Publishing Limited, Halifax, N.S, Canada, 1995, ISBN 1-55109-118-6.