Making Do is the title of a small exhibition of quilts at the Ross Farm Museum. It was curated by our very own Polly Greene. All the quilts were made sometime between 1800-1920. Most of the quilts Polly chose were very utilitarian, they were made to keep someone warm. Several of the quilts were made with homespun woolen fabrics and the batting was wool as well.
A beautiful quilt made with wool and linen fabrics, it was dyed with indigo. Though very fragile, well used and loved, it continues to be a favourite!
This quilt is a wonderful example of "making do", when the quilter ran out of strips for the log cabin blocks, she made do with what she had. It is still a wonderful quilt! A lot of the fabrics appear to be a polished cotton.
One of my favourites, a tied wool quilt, made by Bertha Deal, it has a flannel back.
Be sure and drop by Ross Farm throughout the summer, enjoy the farm, enjoy the wonderful new Learning Centre and see the quilts. There are more pictures here on our Flickr page.