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Tumbling Block Quilt

  • Owner:
    Rita Ruchel
  • Location:
  • Maker:
    Toni Nickolai
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  • Dimensions:
    Height: 190
    Width: 106


Made by Toni Nickolai in the Loxton district of SA during WWII and now owned by her daughter Rita Ruchel. It was used on Rita's bed when she was a teenager and then on her own daughter's bed. In 1998 it went on loan to the Willewa Community Pioneer Forest Historical Group in Meringur Victoria. "During World War II it was often a struggle to make ends meet with restrictions through rationing of almost everything. There were many do-it-yourself projects. As our mother made a lot of our clothing (eight children) and her own furnishings, there were many left over scraps of material. She had trained as a dressmaker before marriage. Droughts and low farming returns made it very necessary to 'make-do'. One of many Aussie battlers so all the otherwise useless pieces of material were made into something useful. I too am a qualified dressmaker and follow the tradition of making quilts, toys etc from scraps." [Rita Ruchel, 30 October 1998]


Quilt of cotton diamond shaped pieces feather stitched together with the pieces slightly overlapping. There is no padding and the backing is a light white cotton
1900 x 1060mm

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