Accession number: 2021.5.2
Materials: Fibre; Cotton
Measurements: 271 cm L x 190 cm W
Narrative: A parting gift to Miriam C. Nowlan (Mrs. George C. Nowlan) when she left Ottawa in 1965 to return to her permanent residence in Wolfville following her husband's death. It was presented to her by the PC Parliamentary Wives Association. Some notable signatures found on the quilt include those of Olive Dieffenbaker, wife of the Prime Minister of the day, Lois Welch, wife of Senator Frank C. Welch of Wolfville. Miriam's own name also appears. Miriam knew all of these women and treasured their friendships.
Description: A rectangular shaped quilt that is machine sewn. The quilt top is white in color. It has a light green border, that is 4 centimetres in width, that helps accentuate the central design. The central design of the quilt has 12 blocks. Each block is appliqued by different flowers to represent each of Canada's provinces and territories. In the There is an embroidered initial that denotes who created the appliques. There are various signatures of women that were embroidered by the individual women. The backing is plain. First row far left (first block) the provincial flower of Alberta, the Wild Rose. First row middle (second block) is the provincial flower of Manitoba, the Prairie Crocus. First row far right (third block) the provincial flower of British Colombia, the Dogwood. Second row far left (first block) the provincial flower of Ontario, the Trillium. The second row middle (second block) is the provincial flower of Nova Scotia, the Mayflower. Second row far right (third block) provincial flower of Saskatchewan, Orange-Red Lily. Third row far left (first block) is the provincial flower of New Brunswick, the Purple Violet. Third row middle (second block) provincial flower of Prince Edward Island, the Lady Slipper. Third Row far right (third block) the provincial flower of Quebec, the White Garden Lily. Fourth row far left (first block) provincial flower of the North West Territories, Mountain Avens. Fourth Row middle (second block) provincial flower of Newfoundland, Pitcher Plant. Fourth row far right (third block) the provincial flower of Yukon, the Magenta-Purple Fireweed. Above blocks it is embroidered "1965".
History of Use: Signature Quilts (also known as Friendship or Album Quilts), have been a popular quilting pattern since the 1840s when women would collect signatures and verses in an autograph album. In Nova Scotia, especially in rural areas, these quilts were usually the product of church members or groups.