|Description: A pieced quilt that has a plain white cotton backing and orange cotton edges. It is padded with cotton batten and has been hand sewn. The decorated face of the quilt consists of a yellow and faded ivory cotton design on a white cotton ground. One side of the quilt has a border of a golden yellow and faded ivory cotton triangles. The pattern is one that is often called 'Delectable Mountains'.
History: The quilt is ca 1885 and was made by one of the donor's relatives from Shelburne, Ontario. The pattern is a 'Delectable Mountains' pattern, a lovely name which comes from John Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Progress”. This book was found in most rural North American homes after the Bible. There are still many forms of this pattern that exist. Its motif consists of small right-angled triangles set on edge to form jagged peaks along the back of a larger right-angled triangle. See: Dorothy K Burnham's “Pieced Quilts of Ontario” (Royal Ontario Museum: Toronto, 1975), 38-39.