A Rollicking Good Laugh
Techniques: Machine ‘quilt as you go’, rough edge machine appliqué, hand finished. (2006)
The Friendship Quilt’
“Crazy patchwork, principally pieced from cotton, silk, velvet, damask, brocade and felt with a printed cotton back. The edges of the pieces have been embroidered with a range of stitches including herringbone, feather and blanket stitches. The quilt is edged with red cotton with a machine made lace flounce all around. The backing is a
Technique: Raw edge crazy patchwork appliquéd with metallic thread. Rough creased taffeta and velvet tied to net base with crochet thread. Hand stitched embellishment. Textile with hand painted tears. Machine tails. Materials: Net, evening fabrics, taffeta, velvet, textile and paint.
Technique: Layers of net over taffeta and lace shapes. Hand quilting and beading. Paint brush work. Materials: Remnants and materials from dance costumes I have made and worn.
Crazy Patchwork Cot Quilt
Unfinished Crazy Quilt
Layers of the Rain Forest
Technique: Crazy patchwork using various textured and weights of fabric, large overstitching and left threads, mono and screen printing, found materials as borders. Materials: Satin, cotton, blends, velvet, corduroy.
Embroidered Silk Patchwork Quilt Top
Small Crazy Quilt
Crazy Silk Quilt
“Christina Brown (United Kingdom born 1815 – Australia died 1895) made this quilt. Mrs. Brown immigrated to Australia with her husband from Scotland in 1842. The Brown family had a property ‘Cooerwull’ at Bowenfels near Lithgow, New South Wales. Christina raised 3 children in the 1840’s but did not produce this quilt until she was
Unfinished Crazy Quilt Top
“My grandmother would tell me about her mother (my great grandmother) making quilts on her treadle machine. She had 14 children (my GGM) and used sewing as an escape and necessity of life.
” I had not thought of these quilts as quilts until showing them to fellow quilters for the genuine fifties period fabrics and had not connected them to my present occupation as a patchworker and quilter. I started with the American style patchwork in 1980 and onwards, teaching it to High School students until my
Jean was born 9 May 1921 at Ravensbourne, Qld, and died 13 October 1993 at Toowoomba, Qld. She suffered from polio and died from a polio related illness. “Jean Maude Humberdross made this quilt when she was 14 years old (1935). It took three months to make. She made lots of handcrafted items – crocheted
Charlotte Augusta Meara was born c.1815 and went to Van Dieman’s Land in 1836 later crossing over to Belfast (now Port Fairy). In 1849 she and George Barber were married and lived in Port Fairy until 1855 when they moved to the neighbouring town of Warrnambool where George Barber established himself as a solicitor. They
Embroidered Crazy Quilt
“Marianne was born in Armagh, Ireland in 1837, and as a young woman she and her sister accompanied their uncle to Australia. They eventually made their way to Wangaratta Victoria where in 1864, Marianne married Alexander McCullen Gibson. Mr. Gibson was to become a prominent business man in Wangaratta, establishing a handsome brick building in
The Friendship Quilt’
“…..Marion Gibson was born in Scotland, the daughter of a tailor. In 1854 she married John Gibson, a bootmaker, and they sailed for Australia. The settled in Coolac where John set up business as a bootmaker until, in 1875, fulfilling a lifetime ambition to take up farming they bought a property, ‘Narringa’, outside Hay and
Pieces of patchwork include remnants from some of Ida’s favourite dresses, including pieces from the plaid dress she wore at school.
The quilt was used on children’s beds and also while listening to the radio at night when it was chilly. The owner mentioned that their car was not air conditioned so the quilt was taken on trips to provide warmth. As this quilt is in poor condition it has been used as a dog blanket.
Florence (Flo) Beaton (born McNabb) 1920-1996 was the daughter of Clara and Frank McNabb who selected block 46 at Carwarp in the harsh mallee country of north western Victoria in 1913. They called it “Sunshine Farm”. Florence was one of 4 childrten (3 boys). She recalled* that her Mother Clara once won a nail driving
Log Cabin Quilt
“The quilt was made by my paternal grandmother, Annie Sophia WINCH. Annie was born at Harrogate in the Adelaide hills in 1879, the second child of William PEARSON and Florence (Nee TEAKLE). She had 4 siblings; Ernest b. 1877; Edith b. 1882; Beatrice b.1974 and Herbert b. 1887. Annie married John William WINCH at Mt