Quilts: Made in Canada

Quilts: Made in Canada
  • Now Open
June 29, 2024 to November 17, 2024
  • Level 3, Third Floor Centre Block
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Every quilt tells a story.


From the permanent collections at ROM comes a new exhibition highlighting some of the most visually intoxicating examples of artistry, community, and sustainability made in Canada: quilts.

Quilts are repositories of past and present lives. Exquisitely patterned and meticulously stitched, they hold the interwoven legacies of home and family. The exhibition features rarely displayed Canadian-made quilts dating from the 1850s to the present day, and showcases a range of designs from utility quilts constructed from recycled materials for warmth and comfort to stunning examples created to mark life changing events. Made by individuals and communities, each quilt unlocks unique stories about makers, materials, composition, construction, and the shared histories of those who made it.

The timeless beauty of colour paired with each quilt's clever and complex composition will fascinate, captivate, and inspire, whether you're a novice or experienced quilter, interested in making sustainable design solutions, or keen to learn more about historic and contemporary culture of everyday life in Canada.

Quilts: Made in Canada is free with general admission.


Explore More

Our Quilts-themed tour is an engaging way to learn how these beautiful objects are more than just textiles. Highlighting stunning examples in the exhibition, each tour shines a light on quilts as creative and artistic expressions, symbols of sustainability, and embodiments of family legacy and community spirit.

Examine the fascinating tradition of Underground Railroad quilts in a digital talk hosted by Dr. Arlene Gehmacher, and featuring David Woods, curator of the exhibition The Secret Codes: African Nova Scotian Quilts (on until August 1, 2024 at the Textile Museum of Canada), and artist and quiltmaker, Melinda Clayton-Patterson.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, August 11, 2024, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 6, 2024, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm