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Wagga Quilt

  • Owner:
    Marion Coleman
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  • Maker:
    Marion Coleman
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  • Dimensions:
    Height: 163
    Width: 127


Made by the owner Marion Coleman in 1956-1957 in Maffra Victoria. Used as a car rug, picnic rug, camp rug, bed blanket and knee rug. "I made it about 1956-1957 when I was only a new wife and mother, living in Maffra away from my family and friends who we had left in Melbourne. In those years housing was impossible to obtain in Melbourne and my new husband liked working in the country so we made our move (have never regretted it) but money was tight. This Wagga quilt is still used but now more appreciated than it has been over the years. One of the first 'time payment' purchases we made was a PHOENIX sewing machine which did zigzag, had cams for fancy stitches [and] was a portable model semi industrial. As money was tight, time was available and pure wool sample books had been given to me by my tailor maternal grandfather. I sewed them together, some smaller than other larger samples so making a sort of pattern, probably so they would 'fit' together. My grandfather, a Scot, had his tailors shop in Glenferrie Road, Malvern, Victoria for many years. He made suits: jacket and trousers or jacket and skirts as ordered, and fitted personally. I went to his shop on Saturday mornings to 'help'. Probably my company was the only 'help'."
[Marion Coleman]


Quilt made of tailors wool samples in stripes, checks and plain, rectangles in different sizes machined together in strips. Colours are grey, navy, brown, light grey and cream. Lining or backing is of patterned cotton, in three layers as it has worn and been replaced. Machine and zigzag quilting.
1626 x 1271mm

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