On this day in 1887, the Rocky Mountains Park Act was enacted by the Parliament of Canada, which established Banff National Park (then known as Rocky Mountain Park), west of Calvary, in the province of Alberta. The act was modeled on the US’s Yellowstone Park Act of 1881.

Canadian Mary Jane (Waters) Geddes began this hand pieced and quilted Crazy Quilt in 1910, using “velvets and other rich fabrics.” After Geddes’ death, Estella Darroch finished the piece in 1937 using used silk ties and rayon dresses. The granddaughter of the quiltmakers inherited the piece and donated it to the Royal Alberta Museum, where it is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance