Quilt No.426AW - Alyce Wright

Alyce Wright
Owner: 
Alyce Wright
Location: 
QLD Brisbane
Maker
Maker: 
Alyce Bush
Made in
USA
Date: 
1921 - 1940
Description: 
Cotton scrap quilt in a pattern known as 'Grandmothers Fan'. It is hand quilted. The padding is hand carded cotton and the backing is muslin.
2235 x 1880mm
History: 

The quilt was made by Alyce Bush (born Rodgers) 1870s-1949 in the early 1930s in Alabama USA. She gave the quilt to Alyce Wright her grand-daughter who is the owner. The quilt is not used now.

Story: 

"Alyce Bush, a lone quilter, would spend many hours alone on her front porch as her husband was a security night watchman and slept during part of the day. Quilts were the main form of bed covering used in the family.
When I went to visit my grandmother the bedding comprised a feather mattress with at least 4 quilts layered on top. It was very cold in winter and we only had open fireplaces for heating."
[Alyce Wright 14.1.98]

Alyce Wright with her grandmother's quilt 1998
Alyce Wright with her grandmother's quilt 1998
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