It is a wonderful display of Australia's historic quilts, some are rarely on display and to have them exhibited in one space is such a privilege.
The most famous quilt is the Rajah quilt that was made by convict women in 1841 on the voyage to Australia. It is a very large quilt and was actually displayed behind glass because it is so fragile and precious. The quilt is named after the ship that they sailed on.
|The Rajah Quilt c1841|
|Embroidery in the bottom panel of The Rajah Quilt|
|Tumbling Block Quilt c1846|
|Tumbling Block detail|
There was a hexagon quilt made by Elizabeth Macarthur, her husband pioneered the wool industry in Australia.
|Elizabeth Macarthur hexagon quilt c1840|
I recognised the pattern of Auntie Green's Quilt because it has been reproduced in magazines previously. It was good to see the original.
|Auntie Green's quilt by May Ann Wellen c1860|
The miniature hexagon quilt by Prudence Jeffrey looked as if it was made in recent times. Those hexagons were only 1cm wide.
|Miniature hexagon by Prudence Jeffrey c1857|
|The Westbury quilt by The Hampsons 1902|
|The Westbury Quilt detail|
|Crazy quilt by Clara Bate c1815|
Even though I took many photos I still bought the beautiful hard cover book of the exhibition.
Not only does the book have photos of all the quilts, it has all the text about the quilts and many detail photos as well.
|Inside the book|
Margaret Rowe is an Australian author of quilting novels set in Australia and in the novel she describes some historic quilts and the fictional quilt group make challenge quilts inspired by the subject. I have read all the novels and it was exciting for me to see the actual quilts that she has written about.
There is still time to see this amazing quilt exhibition before it closes on November 6th 2016, if you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend it.
Bye for now,