Quilt No.89DS - Dorothy Stevens

Dorothy Stevens
Owner: 
Dorothy Stevens
Location: 
QLD South West
Maker
Maker: 
Emmiline Marsland
Made in
AUSTRALIA QLD
Date: 
1940 - 1970
Description: 
Utilitarian quilt made for a child's bed. Padding is hand and machine knitted pieces of clothing. Top and backing is wholecloth of the same cotton fabric. Machine quilted in a simple pattern.
1728 x 864mm
History: 

The quilt was made by Emmiline Marsland in 1964 in Brisbane for Andrew, the 4 year old son of Dorothy Stevens,the present owner. "I have used it now and then as a floor rug for visiting babies and as an underlay on a camp stretcher."
[Dorothy Stevens 18.3.96]

Story: 

Emmeline was a steward at the ECCA (RASQ Show) before moving to Roma to care for 2 motherless children. She remained unmarried but adored children, stitching children's clothes for the various adopted families over a 30 year period.
"Emmiline Marsland was my very dear friend. I boarded with her when teaching in Roma in 1952-53. She was born 30th July 1901 and died 18 December 1986. A dressmaker by trade , she was skilled in many crafts, fine embroidery to woodwork and had a great love for children. I remember sleeping under the green quilt in Roma and it was probably used for packing precious furniture when moving form Roma to Maryborough to Brisbane."
[Dorothy Stevens 18.3.1996]

Emmiline Marsland
Emmiline Marsland
Andrew Stevens
Andrew Stevens

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