Quilt No.538WH - Wendy Hunter

Owner: 
Wendy Hunter
Location: 
NSW Sydney
Maker
Maker: 
Gwendoline Mary Harrison
Made in
AUSTRALIA
Date: 
1921 - 1940
Description: 
Crazy quilt with one large panel. Materials include wools, velvets, silks and crepes. Each piece embroidered in herrigbone stitch to the adjoining piece. 25mm blue border chain stitched on, then 75mm border of black wool crepe with a crocheted edge. The padding is an old blanket and the backing is red/brown printed cotton.
1730 x 1040mm
History: 

The quilt was made by Gwendoline Mary Harrison 1895-1968 who was married to Archibald Alexander Johnston. It was probably made in the 1930s. It was then owned by Nellie Bischoff and now by Wendy Hunter her niece. It is not used.

Story: 

"A family story handed down for many years tells: Gwen made many crazy quilts and gave them to the Red Cross. One quilt ended up in a hospital in England on the bed of a soldier of the 1st world war.
Queen Mary on touring the hospital admired the quilt and asked to have one. When the Red Cross approached Gwen her answer was - no. I make for the poor not the rich."
[Wendy Hunter 29.8.98]

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