A Canadian Crazy from her grandmothers.

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.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to find out! Read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view or click the “See full record” link to see a larger image and all the data entered about that quilt.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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