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Utilitarian Quilt

  • Owner:
    Susanne Cody
  • Location:
  • Maker:
    Olive May Snow
  • Pattern:
  • Pattern:
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 150
    Width: 109


The quilt was made by Mrs Olive May Snow (born Birch) in Goulburn NSW in the early 1950s. She gave it to her sister Lorna and it is now owned by Lorna's daughter Susanne Cody. It is not used now. "Olive Birch (married at 45 years) had always worked at the Singer Sewing Machine shop in Auburn Street, Goulburn NSW. They had a button covering service and when customers came in to have their buttons covered Olive would carefully collect any spare scraps of fabric that were leftover. She then sewed them all together by machine and used one of my father's old army blankets for extra warmth. Upon its completion, my father so admired it that Olive gave it to him as a gift. It was always part of growing up. If we were sick or cold we were snuggled up in it. It was very much used and enjoyed. Well washed and hence the patches have shrunk over the years. Perhaps it was this cheery rug that began my love of and journey into patchwork. My Aunty Olive bought my first sewing machine on completion of my HSC in 1967."
[Susanne Cody, 6 November 1999]


Quilt, machine construction using rectangles of mainly woollen materials with some corduroy and mohair. Initially, there were fourteen rows and then two rows were added for extra warmth. 25mm bias cut yellow poplin binding. The padding is an old army blanket and the backing is printed cotton.
1500 x 1093mm

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