Register No.393CC
OwnerCressida Mary Webb Challis
Location NSW
MakerIsabel and Jean Portus
Origin AUSTRALIA NSW
Pattern Patchwork Hexagon
Date1970s
Dimensions (H x W in cm)166 x 122

History

The quilt was made by twin sisters Isabel and Jean Portus in Sydney. They never married. It was commenced in the 1960s and completed in the 1970s. It is now owned by family member Cressida Challis and is used on the spare bed in her home. Isabel, Jean and another sister Barbara all used brass templates to make their hexagon papers. The templates were made by Barbara's husband Serge who was a fitter and turner. The papers were often cut from shareholders' annual reports and were reused a couple of times. Isabel and Jean made many patchwork articles, made their own clothes, crocheted and knitted socks during the war.

Description

Quilt of 50mm hexagons in random pattern. Hexagons are made from scraps of old materials with many variations of colours and patterns. One red print hexagon has "J.P." on it. The padding is an old eiderdown and the backing is calico.
1660 x 1220mm

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