Quilt No.265NPW - National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA

National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA
Owner: 
National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA
Location: 
SA Country
Maker
Maker: 
Louisa Fanny Catt
Made in
AUSTRALIA SA
Date: 
1881 - 1900
Description: 
Patchwork quilt of square and lozenge patches of silk, taffeta and ribbed silk patches in purples, greens, blues and reds, and pastels, in brocades, stripes, checks and plains. The block pattern is four lozenge patches around a centre square patch. A group of these patches in the dark bright colours form a central diamond, with pastel groups around. The darker colours are used to form the border of 'square' patches. Hand sewn, machine quilted. Backing of [silk], padding is cotton.
2450 x 2100mm
History: 

Believed to have been made by Louisa Fanny Catt (1841 - 1930), of Meadows (SA) around 1887. Previously owned by Mrs Catt's grand-daughter, Mrs J. Steuart, who donated it to Old Government House, Belair National Park (SA). Owned by the National Parks & Wildlife Service of SA, at Old Government House, Belair National Park. Displayed at Old Government House.

Story: 

The pattern appeared in 1882 in Caulfield's 'Dictionary of Needlework', as Pattern Mosaics 4.
The quilt was made for the Adelaide Jubilee Exhibition of 1887. As one of her 12 children owned a drapery shop, the fabrics may have come from there.
[More information available from the Display Co-ordinator, Friends of Old Government House, Box 2, Belair SA 5052]

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