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Log Cabin Quilt

  • Owner:
    Sue Thomson
  • Location:
  • Maker:
    Annie Sophia Winch
  • Pattern:
  • Pattern:
  • Pattern:
  • Pattern:
    Log Cabin
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 147
    Width: 107


Made by Annie Sophia Winch in [the] Adelaide Hills at Mt Torrens South Australia, between 1900 and 1910, for her son Ivor John Robert Winch (born 1908), who owned the quilt. Later owned by his daughter Sue Thomson. "The quilt was made by my paternal grandmother, Annie Sophia Winch. Annie was born at Harrogate in the Adelaide Hills in 1879, the second child of William Pearson and Florence (Nee Teakle). She had four siblings; Ernest born 1877; Edith born 1882; Beatrice born 1874 and Herbert born 1887. Annie married John William Winch at Mt Barker on 3 September 1903. The officiating clergy was the Rev. G Hall. Annie and John started their married life at Mt. Torrens in the Adelaide Hills, where John worked driving bullock teams. She was an accomplished needlewoman and as well as sewing also made beautiful crochet and embroidered articles, such as the christening gown which is still used by our family to the present day. Their first child, Agnes, was born on Wednesday 1 February 1905 but lived for only 1 day. Their second child Ivor John Robert (my father) was born on 3 November 1908 in the manse at Mt. Torrens. In 1911 the family moved to Tumby Bay on Eyre Peninsula, and then on to Yallunda Flat (about 30 miles from Pt. Lincoln) where John took up bee keeping for a living. Many happy times were spent here with the family being devout Methodists and John a lay preacher in the local church. In 1913, Annie was again pregnant; but fell ill and died on 25 October 1913. John was left to raise their young son and although he remarried he was buried alongside his beloved Annie in the cemetery at Magill SA upon his death at the age of 97 in 1977. Ivor, for whom the quilt was originally made, died on 10 February 1999 at the age of 90."
[Sue Thomson]


Patchwork quilt in the log cabin pattern with a variation where the centre square is pieced from a dark and light triangle. Used materials make up the strips, and include cottons, velvet, bombazine, men's trouser fabric, and the quilt has a handmade lace border. Pieces of red cloth stand out. Strips are machine stitched onto a backing made from flour bags. There is no padding. Backing is made of crazy patchwork with feather stitch on some seams. Machine sewn.
1470 x 1070mm

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