The maker is unknown but is said to have been a Scandinavian woman. The present owner purchased the quilt at Tinker Tailor, a shop in the Sydney suburb of Pymble NSW, in the 1950s. It was used as a bedspread at 'Roberton Park', Kirkham Road, Glengarry NSW, an early stone house. It is now used sometimes in the owner's Sydney home. June Loewenthal recognised the pattern in a magazine many years after she had purchased the quilt. She then sent to America for it. The pattern gives detailed instructions and figures for the block in actual size.
"The charm of this beautiful and unusual Iris Quilt lies in the natural treatment of the design. The finished quilt is a veritable garden of bloom in actual Iris colous! Mountain Mist patterns are obtainable only with the purchase of Mountain Mist Quilting Cotton. One pattern, (no choice of design), is furnished free with each bat purchased, and also a coupon good for one other pattern at a very low price."
[Extracts from "The Iris, Design 'R' of the "Mountain Mist Series' of Quilt Patterns"]
Handmade cotton quilt in repeat block with appliquéd Iris pattern. It is a kit quilt - "The Iris, Design "R" of the 'Mountain Mist Series' of Quilt Patterns" from The Stearns & Foster Company, Lockland, Cincinnati, Ohio USA. Copyright 1930. The backing is cotton and the filling [is] also.
2439 x 1981mm