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Parkdale-Maplewood Community Museum


Accession number: 2018.013
Category: Art
Object type: Signature
Date: circa 1945
Materials: Cotton
Measurements: 180.3 cm L x 142.5 cm W
Culture: Canadian
Narrative: This quilt belonged to Winnie Idella Falkenham (nee Veinotte).  Winnie was born in 1926 and died in 2012.  Her mother died giving birth to her.  Then Winnie was put in the care of her Aunt Ruth and Uncle Kenney of Waterville, Kings County.
When Winnie was a teenager she spent quite a few years in the Kentville Sanitorium with tuberculosis/blood poisoning. 
Then she met Elmer Wentzell and became engaged.  This quilt was given to Winnie as an engagement gift.  Years later she met and married Armond Fernly Falkenham in 1952.  Armond served in World War ii from 1940 to 1945.  He was in the Navy and worked as a marine engineer.  They lived in Northwest, Lunenburg County.  After Armond passed away in 1998, Winnie used to drive to Newburne and visit their old time friend, William Joudrey.
As a child growing up I remember my mother using this quilt on her bed for many years.
Description: Picture of church in middle, many different signatures sewn on quilt.
History of Use:

Early Signature Quilts were based on friendship & made as memorials for the leaving family.  Signature quilts were often used to raise money.  They raised money via raffles or by charging the signer a fee per signature.  Sometimes an entire family would sign one block each.  More often a quilt was signed with hundreds of signatures and then raffled off bringing in as many funds as possible from a single quilt.