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A Project’ Quilt

  • Owner:
    Ruth Nash Allen
  • Location:
  • Maker:
    Women from Hurstville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Pattern:
  • Pattern:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 251
    Width: 185


The quilt was made by women in a church group in Hurstville Sydney as a project in which they could all participate. The women supplied the material and cut the pieces and Ethel Nash Parton, the President, machined them together. The women then hand quilted the 3 layers together. Ethel's mother-in-law and sister-in-law also helped with the quilting. It was made between 1944 and 1948 and the group did not make any other quilts. For a few years the quilt was used under the mattress, over the wire base on Ethel's bed and then 2 years ago Ethel's sister Ruth Allen, discovered the quilt when moving the bed. She now uses it on her bed. Ethel Nash Parton belonged to the church group, the Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Hurstville branch Sydney NSW. The church building was at the corner of Noble Street and Railway Parade, Allawah but it is not now owned by the church. Ethel was president of the group from 1944 to 1948. The women making the quilt were not particularly interested in quilting, it was just 'a project'. There was a wide age range in the group and they wanted an activity in which everyone could participate.
Ethel's sister Ruth Allen, wrote "I am very happy that Ethel is getting recognition as she's been a wonderful worker and is an unassuming, reserved person."
[Letter to NQR 13 February 1999]


Quilt based on 70mm block. Cottons and rayon's with some reused materials. Machine pieced, hand quilted. Backing is mid blue cotton brought over to the front and machined to form a binding. Padding is probably cotton.
2510 x 1850mm

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