of Alberta

Lillian Bartel (Lane)

Accession – 2012.025

Title and physical description

Lillian Bartel (Lane) “Passing on the Comfort” project.  — 2005. — 0.5 cm textual records.


Lillian (Lane) Bartel, born 1941 in Aberdeen, Sask. Watching her mother (Mary Lane) quilting and sewing sparked a lasting interest in stitching. While on an early Anabaptist tour of Europe, she met the author , Lynn, on a bus tour of Friesland.  Lynn brought along two quilts of a group of nineteen that she had discovered in northern Holland.  Childhood memories  flooded back of mother’s connection with “Naehverein”  and a lifelong pen pal  “Mrs. Menzel”, who received a parcel with her mother’s name in a pocket.

The “Passing on the Comfort” tour and exhibition was dedicated to all the women in North America who met weekly to quilt for the wartime refugees fleeing the conflict.


Scope and content

Collection of book launch “Passing on the Comfort”,

promotional material and newspaper articles from the quilt show,

pictures of the show and quilts.

Source of acquisition

gift from Lil Bartel

Accession and MHSA box number


Finding aids

Related material

Book ” Passing on the Comfort” by Lynn Kaplian-Buller