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Object ID # 1965.011.009
Object Name Quilt, Bed
Title Mariner's Compass Pattern Quilt (1860)
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date 1860
Made Sutherland, Anne
Place of Origin Grey County, Canada West
Description This appliqued quilt on white ground with a large appliqued compass motif is known as the "Mariner's Compass" pattern. It consists of coloured pieces cut into triangles. Colours used in the quilt are yellow, red, blue, teal and burnt umber (orange-brown with a hint of red). Around the central compass motif is a large circle consisting of four rows of triangles (blue, red, yellow, blue). The background colour is an off-white, same with the binding. In each corner there are pieces arranged to create a circle with blue triangles radiating out and a red circle in the center. The border consists of alternating triangles pieced together with a square in each corner. This quilt has a First Nations style to it. The corner motifs resemble dreamcatchers. The colours used are earth tones; connections to the earth.
Provenance Made by Anne Sutherland in 1860 in Sydenham Township, Grey County. Anne Sutherland came to Canada from Sutherlandshire, (northern) Scotland. The Sutherlands emigrated in 1841, and settled in Sydenham Township, Grey County.

There were a number of Sutherlands in the Holland Township and Sydenham Township areas of Grey County. Last owned by M. Elizabeth Locke of Owen Sound, Grey County, Anne Sutherland's great niece.

The design for this quilt was copied from a pattern in an 1860 book (see 1965.011.010).
Collection Textiles, Bedding Collection
Material Cotton/Thread/Dye
Dimensions W-72.441 L-83.858 inches
Found Grey County, Ontario
People Sutherland, Anne
Subjects Quilting
Quilts
Search Terms Sydenham Township