History"The quilt was given to James and Emma Buttworth and family 'many years ago' by the last remaining member of the Weeks family, who brought the quilt with them from England to Australia. Miss Elva Buttworth gave the quilt to her niece Daphne Evans of Hamilton South NSW and she in turn gave it to the Powerhouse Museum in 1980. Emma Buttworth was a descendant of the Matthew Boulton family (Boulton and Watt invented the steam engine and were famous silversmiths in Sheffield). She was born in Ghinni Ghinni on the Manning River NSW in 1858. James Buttworth, whom she married in 1878, was the grandson of Sarah Rose the daughter of the first free settlers in Australia who married James Buttworth in 1812. Rose Cottage, the home of the Rose family, still stands today in Wilberforce and is the oldest timber cottage in Australia." [PHM]
Description"A rectangular quilt made from hexagonal cotton patches, pieced in the traditional 'Grandmother's flower garden' design of scattered rosettes on a plain ground. The rosettes are made from six patterned hexagons around a seventh cream hexagon, which forms the flower centre. The patterned fabrics are a mix of small floral prints with some checks and geometric designs, and the colours are mainly shades of brown, blue maroon, pink and lilac. The ground fabric is plain cream. The quilt was made the English way and is hand sewn. Traces of the paper templates still remain." [PHM] There is no padding or backing.
2170 x 1975mm