Collection2001 National Quilt Register Collection by PWHPioneer Women's Hut Heritage Quilt Collection
Owner The Pioneer Women's Hut
Location Tumbarumba NSW Australia
Maker Group of Women from the Boorowa or Cowra Districts
Origin new-south-wales
Pattern Patchwork Appliqué Pieced Embroidered
Date 1900-1939
Dimensions (H x W in cm) 184 x 182


This quilt was made by a group of women from the Boorowa or Cowra districts New South Wales as a raffle to raise funds for a charity. It was raffled between 1931 and 1935 and the raffle was won by Jessie Jackson, always known as Gipsy. Her daughter Morag Faithfull donated it to The Pioneer Women's Hut. It is occasionally displayed at the museum.

The daughter of Gipsy Jackson said the prize for the raffle included a dressed doll and so her mother thought the quilt was a doll's quilt. When the family lived in Queensland and then back in Warren NSW, the raffle quilt was always used on the bed in the visitors' spare room.

Margaret Rolfe, well known Australian quilter and quilt historian, recognised the design as one from the American quilt designer, Ruby McKim*, whose designs were also published in the Adelaide Chronicle and republished in the Weekly Times newspaper in the 1930s.


White cotton quilt of blocks with an embroidered flower in each one. The whole 'garden' is encircled by an appliquéd picket fence. There is a cotton backing but no padding.

1840 x 1820 mm


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