Cotton Box Quilt
Patchwork quilt made from diamond patches in the ‘Cotton Box’ pattern, in a wide variety of cotton fabrics including plains, checks, stripes and florals. The patches have blotting paper templates. The quilt is edged with diamond shapes in a red floral cotton. The backing is of the same red floral pattern, featuring yellow, turquoise and
Medallion Quilt Top
Quilt top, all cotton. Center frame is 600mm square of calico on to which is appliquéd red material in an elaborate cut out design. Radiating rows of mainly red and blue triangles. Other materials include, white with abstract plants scattered across it, pink with pin print white dots, white and maroon herringbone with small white
Australian Coat of Arms Quilt
Medallion quilt pieced from square, rectangular and triangular pieces from plain and patterned cottons. Central motif is appliqued in red cotton on white background with kangaroo and emu on either side of a shield. Four stars are randomly placed on the white background. There is no padding. The backing is pieced together from different types
Materials: Commercial silk and polyester voiles, gold paper Techniques: Fused appliqué and machine quilting
A wet blanket
Materials: Commercial wool fabric, silk, voile & metallic voile, silk satin Techniques: Fused applique and machine stitching
made from commercial cotton & polycotton, machine pieced and quilted. The design was an experiment in discordant colours bordered by a traditional paisley cloth
The design intention was to capture the change that happens when a southerly wind hits Sydney after a long hot spell of weather.
My 50th Birthday
PATCHED BY PETA FOLEY AND TRACY ELLIOTT FOR THEIR BROTHER GREG BURCH ON HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY 2-10-2009
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.
Mosaic Patchwork Quilt
Silk Tumbling Block Quilt
Garden of Hope
Betty Searle “Born in Yackandandah & lived nmost of her life there. The maker was left the job of bringing up 5 girls who had lost their mother. Betty was a good sewer & made all their clothes in the 1930s. She lived in retirement in a Stone Cottage in Yackandandah & spent every Sunday
“Sophia Mary Wilbow nee Payton (Australia 1829-1924, who was born in Pitt Town near Windsor, made this quilt. Sophia married Thomas Mitchell Wilbow in 1846 and spent most of her life in the Hawkesbury River district where her husband was a farmer and hotelkeeper. She had fourteen children and made a patchwork quilt for each
Chester Family Hexagon Quilt
“The quilt has the unusual feature of having been used to record the initials and dates of members of the Chester family, ie ‘W.C. Died Jan 15 1838’ and ‘A.J.C. Born July 24 1862’. Legend has it that the central patch, which is a deep pink shade, and shows the Prince of Wales feathers motif,
Child’s Bed Quilt
Marie Thomas made the quilt for their bed from old material scraps she already had. Marie wrote that they badly needed a bedspread but couldn’t afford to buy one.
The quilts were given to the present owner and her husband in 1955 and went with them to the various countries in which James Ellis DeFriest worked: Kenya, Sierra Leone, New Zealand, Ghana and Australia.
Hexagon Cot Quilt Top
“Sarah Hockey learnt to crochet so she could complete the quilt. Daughter in law Lil Hockey showed her how to crochet.”
Gran’s ‘Wagga’ Quilt
This is Tess’s story. “My Grammie was born in 1876, died aged 72 buried in Devenist cemetery. She was Mrs.Teresa Blennett Hassett. I was very young and always interested in her making this Wagga as she called it. The name seemed so strange to me, (why Wagga? I have never found out). Gran always was
Miss Donnellen came to Australia from Ireland in 1844 & bought the quilt with her. For many years the quilt was stored under her grandson’s bed until he & his wife Edna donated the quilt to the museum.