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Every quilt has a story

On Thursday, July 17th, Shelburne Rotarians welcomed Authoress, Shelagh Roberts and Curator of the Dufferin County Museum, Sarah Robinson to discuss a beautiful Crazy Quilt featured in the Heritage Project of the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, a book entitled, The Quilts of Dufferin County, Women's Art, Women's Stories.

“Every Quilt has a story to it. We have to remember to use white gloves when handling the fabric because of it's age and also we have to remember people used their quilts back then to keep warm, not like today where it can be wall art. All the different fabrics would have come from worn out coats, and other garments that were recycled into quilts,”commented Robinson.

Photographs in the book are the work of Pete Paterson and the book covers many historical stories surrounding the work of the women of Dufferin County and Authoress, Shelagh Roberts reveals them all.

“This quilt definitely tells a story and the names of Frances' mother and sister and the date can be found embroidered in one of the pieces and it really gives a sense of what was happening at that time in all of their lives,” commented Roberts.

The quilt featured on display for the evening was a crazy quilt belonging to Alice Frances, given to her when she was 18 years old was made by her mother and sister. It is supposed, according to Roberts that the quilt was a going away to school present. Of course there is more to this Quilt's delightful story involving Frances' hearing health issues, suspicions of unrequited love then realized and it can all be discovered in the wonderful historical book, the Quilts of Dufferin County which can be found at the Dufferin County Museum along with many other life stories belonging to every stitch in each one of these spectacular works of art.

For more information, contact the Dufferin County Museum at 705 435-1881, e-mail,, twitter@DufferinMuseum

By Alex Sher
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