Quilt No.650NG - Norma Gilchrist

Norma Gilchrist
Owner: 
Norma Gilchrist
Location: 
NSW Riverina
Maker
Maker: 
Norma Gilchrist
Made in
AUSTRALIA NSW
Date: 
1941 - 1970
Description: 
Cotton quilt made entirely of hexagons joined to form 'flowers'. Flowers are not formed into a pattern. All hexagons are hand stitched including on to the blue headcloth border which is then machined on to the same backing material. The quilt is made from dressmaking scraps, mainly offcuts from the children's clothes including from pyjamas, dresses and uniforms. It is not quilted.
2180 x 1710mm
History: 

This is the third hexagon 'flower' quilt made by Norma Gilchrist in the Temora district of NSW. This one was made in the 1960s. It has always been used on beds at the family farm 'Spring Valley' and is still used now.

Story: 

Norma was married in 1953 and she and her husband then took over the running of the farm 'Spring Valley' and her parents retired to Temora to live. Norma and her husband had a family of 4, 3 boys and a girl. Life was very busy on the farm, shearing, milking cows, rearing lambs, calves etc as well as cropping but Norma still retained her interests in sewing, gardening and painting, all of which she continues to do.

Norma at 'Spring Valley' 1960s
Norma at 'Spring Valley' 1960s
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