On this day in 1867, the British North America Act (today called the Constitution Act) was passed by Great Britain, recognizing the Dominion of Canada, a group that included Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the future provinces of Ontario and Quebec, as a self-governing entity. Today Canada Day is a federal holiday celebrated by outdoor public events and citizenship ceremonies.

Mary Jane McDonald of Nova Scotia, Canada made this Log Cabin quilt around 1897. A detailed provenance of ownership is included in this Quilt Index record: “The quilt was one of two Mary Jane McDonald created for two of her granddaughters. On Mary Jane’s death, this quilt was left to her granddaughter Winifred Viola Macdonald, then in her 8th year. Winifred gave the quilt to her daughter Audrey Marion Turton, who passed it on to her son Keith Douglas Turton, who then donated it to the Royal Alberta Museum in December 2004, approximately 100 years after the quilt was created.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about it’s history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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