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Utility Quilt

  • Owner:
    Val Ireland
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  • Maker:
    Emily Ireland
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  • Dimensions:
    Height: 163
    Width: 160


The internal quilt, now the padding, was made by Emily Ireland (born Metz 1889-1933) in the late 1920s. It then passed to her son Eric (1924-1994) who was orphaned when he was 12. He took it with him when he married Val who made the new top and backing in 1952 in Penrith NSW. It is not used now. "My grandmother had a lot of Waggas, on the old couches, in the sleepouts. My aunties had them too, they lived in the country and used them for warmth. I learnt about Waggas from them."
[Val Ireland, 14 January 1998]


Utilitarian quilt. The padding is pieced used clothing and possibly reused blankets. The top and backing are machine pieced cotton scraps in a wide variety of pattern and colours.
1626 x 1601mm

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