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Suffolk Puff Quilt

  • Owner:
    Peter and Jan Newman
  • Location:
  • Maker:
    Dulcie Alma Tobin
  • Pattern:
  • Pattern:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 270
    Width: 240


The quilt was made by Dulcie Alma Tobin at Mount Lawley Western Australia in the early 1970s using scraps of material saved from the 1920s to 1970. Dulcie had the quilt until she died in 1988 and it then passed to her granddaughter Jan Newman. It is still used and is Jan and Peter Newman's summer quilt. "Dulcie Alma Tobin (born in Northam WA 1897) saved all the material 'leftovers' from 60 years of household sewing and when she was in her mid seventies, began to stitch them into this quilt. She was assisted by family, husband Jack threaded all the needles (80 at a time, stuck in a pincushion to keep her going), sister Beatty and daughter Dulcie helping to cut and iron the patches. All the sewing and arranging was done by Dulcie Tobin, despite rapidly failing eyesight. She was 84 years old when it was completed and so they were able to use it on their bed for a few years before Jack died (1986) and Dulcie moved to the Braille Nursing Home. She died in 1988, shortly after handing the quilt on to her granddaughter Janice Newman."
[Jan Newman]


Suffolk puff quilt with puffs mainly in patterned cotton pieces saved from 60 years of household sewing. Puffs are formed into rosettes and the holes are on the top making a decorative feature. It is hand sewn.
2700 x 2400mm

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