Quilt No.210NGV - National Gallery of Victoria

Owner: 
National Gallery of Victoria
Location: 
VIC Melbourne
Maker
Maker: 
Isabella Cooke
Made in
AUSTRALIA NSW
Date: 
1921 - 1940
Description: 
Wholecloth quilt made of two layers, the top in white cotton sheeting and the backing in a heavier white cotton twill. The layers are joined by quilting, handstitched in a chevron pattern using a coarse white cotton thread. The edges of the quilt are bound with strips of white cotton sheeting. Three edges of the quilt have a scalloped sedge with the top edge of the quilt straight.
Pencil marks are still visible, marking out the chevron pattern.
2630mm x 1920mm
History: 

Made by Isabella Cooke (born King) (1860-1942) at 'Laurel Hill', Alstonville (NSW) about 1930. Later owned by Miss Pearl Cooke, grand-daughter of the maker. Owned by the National Gallery of Victoria.

Story: 

"Pearl Cooke assisted her grandmother making quilts. She helped mark the quilting pattern with a piece of wood, and executed some of the quilting stitches. Work was carried out on an enclosed verandah of Isabella Cooke's house, using a quilting frame. The scalloped edges of the quilt were created with a teacup for a template."
[Robyn Healy Senior Curator Fashion and Textiles 1997]

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