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Blue Bags Quilt

  • Owner:
    Jill Scheetz
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  • Maker:
    Elizabeth Cox & Jill Scheetz
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The blue bags were collected by Elizabeth Jackson Cox (born Ellis) who made them into a table cloth which she later gave to her granddaughter, Jill Scheetz. Jill made it into a quilt to use on her children's cots. It is not used now. Elizabeth Jackson Cox was born at Docker's Plains Victoria in 1895 and died in 1985. She collected the blue bags over a very long period. Elizabeth Cox was the maternal grandmother of the present owner. 'Blue Bags' were small squares of a fine open weave cotton containing knobs of an ultramarine mixture. They were dunked in the rinsing water at the end of a wash to make clothes and household linen look brighter.


Quilt made from 'blue bags' joined as small squares in rows. Approximately 180 blue bags in total. There is a frill around all sides.

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