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Lillie Hebert Gagnon patchwork blanket

 Collection
Identifier: MCC-00491

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of one patchwork blanket made by Lillie Hebert Gagnon when she was 98 years old. The squares used for the blanket are of different materials and different colors and measure 7 inches by 7 inches. The blanket measures 69 inches by 48.5 inches. It is in very good condition.

Dates

  • 2005-00-00
  • Other: Approximately 2008

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes

Biographical

Lillie Hebert Gagnon born on June 8, 1907 at Little Black Lake, the daughter of Ubald Gagnon and Eva Landry. Lillie’s pastime was knitting and sewing blankets for family and friends. She was a member of the Ladies of St. Anne, member of the third order of the Secular Franciscans, a R.S.V.P volunteer for more than 15 years. She was married to Ned Gagnon. Lillie passed away on August 6, 2006 at the age of 99.

Historical

Acadians have long been enthusiastic quilters. The history of quilt making, however, began long before Acadians and other Europeans came to North America. Nations around the world used padded fabrics for clothing, bedding, even armor. The word quilt, of Latin origins, meant “stuffed sack.” While there are countless designs and manifestations of quilts, there are three main types: plain or whole-cloth; appliqué (one piece of material sewn over another, to make a design); and pieced, or patchwork. They can be hand-stitched or produced using a sewing machine.

Acadian format or block format, constructed of either clothing-style or household textile-style cottonades. Traditional Acadian values of self-sufficiency, frugality, cultural conservatism are important cultural artifacts and their quilts document the wide variety of fabrics the weavers created as they cared for their families.

Extent

.35 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material was brought in by Rita Pelletier
Author
Anne Chamberland
Date
2020-08-04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Acadian Archives Repository

Contact:
University of Maine at Fort Kent
23 University Drive
Fort Kent ME 04743 United States