This everyday quilt was made by Ethel Blanch Hawkshaw Armstrong, c. 1920. Ethel was born 2 December 1883, at Summer Hill, Queens County, the daughter of Robert Hawkshaw and Rebecca Ann McCorkle. She married Amos Malcolm Armstrong (1880-1963), 23 June 1909, and subsequently had three children:
Olive Pauline (1910-1974); Audrey Rebecca (1911- 2004); and Murray Stanley (1913-1999)
Ethel and Amos relocated to the Village of Gagetown in 1952-1953 at the time of the expropriation for CFB Gagetown and bought a large house, today at the corner of Peters Road and Babbit Street.
Ethel Armstrong died in 1972 and is buried beside her husband in St. John’s Anglican Churchyard, Gagetown. The quilt was purchased at an auction of the estate of daughter Audrey Armstrong in 2005.
The quilt is an random/overall block pattern that is unfinished with no border, binding, backing or even quilting. Probably intended as an everyday quilt for the simple purpose of warmth. To see this quilt in person, visit the Stitch in Time exhibition at the Court House, Gagetown.