Quilt No.398SM - Santa Maltese

Santa Maltese
Owner: 
Santa Maltese
Location: 
NSW Sydney
Maker
Maker: 
santa Maltese
Made in
ITALY Sicily
Date: 
1941 - 1970
Description: 
A 'foot' quilt, "copri piedi" used on the bed. Pink satin top and blue satin backing. The pink top is hand embroidered in a trellis pattern in shadow stitch and within each section there are hand embroidered sprigs of flowers in silk threads. The whole top is elaborately quilted. The silk cord binding is twisted into four decorative loops at each corner. There is a thick padding of cotton grown locally in Sicily.
1260 x 650mm
History: 

This copri piedi was made by Santa Maltese in Sicily in 1956. She is still the owner.

Story: 

"Santa made the whole quilt. The design was pencilled on to the fabric. Santa made it in a couple of months - she was a young married woman and had 2 young daughters. They were fashionable at the time and Santa used it on her bed every day. Santa came to Australia as a migrant in 1956 on the 'Sydney' - she lived at Dulwich Hill, Leichardt and Rockdale for 3 years before settling at her present address��..in 1959."
[Anna Drago (a friend) 29.8.98]

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