Mosaic Quilts

Constance Real
Quilt of hand sewn cotton hexagons arranged in rosettes or 'flowers'. The padding is seedless cotton imported from America and the backing is madapolin. The scraps for the hexagons came from old dresses and especially from the owner's children's clothes.
2591 x 2337mm
Kathleen White
Patchwork quilt (one of a pair) made from hexagons in cottons, rayon, and taffeta, to fit a single bed. The quilt has a pleated ruffle or flounce of pale green fabric. Patchwork machine sewn onto backing, flounce sewn by machine.
Batlow Historical Society
Quilt of hand sewn mosaic patchwork, with square and lozenge shapes (5cm square in centre with 4 lozenges each side, lozenges 9cm x 4cm). The top has been folded down the middle and joined along 3 edges and whipstitched together, so that the quilt has one straight long side, and 3 sides with lozenge edge. Fabrics are richly coloured satin, grosgrain, silk, silk pinwhale corduroy, plain and prints.
1970 x 870mm
Derene McGregor
Tumbling Block quilt constructed over papers in the English method. Some papers are still inside the quilt including envelopes and stationery headers with dates '99 and 1898. The blocks are in a variety of silks and brocade fabrics, primarily black with rich purples and some pinks. There are stripes, tartans and small prints. The quilt has a border of 20cm hand made lace with a twisted cord between the quilt and lace. There is no padding and the backing is rust coloured cotton with a small black stripe. 1750 x 1550mm
National Trust of Australia (SA)
Patchwork quilt made from silks in hexagon shapes with dark silk triangles in between the hexagons. The centre of the quilt has a star design with an embroidered hexagon with six star points, with diamonds and hexagons, surrounded by a border of dark coloured diamonds on a cream ground. The quilt is edged with deep single scallops in alternate dark blue and white each with an appliqued six point star with a hexagon centre.
Diane Boynes
Quilt top in 38mm hexagons set in straight rows surrounded by cream hexagons with an odd coloured hexagon in middle of cream row. Papers have been removed. Fabrics are 1920s and 1930s. There is no padding. 1700 x 1000mm
Junee & District Historical Society
Pure silk hand sewn Tumbling Block quilt incorporating a great variety of silks in plains, florals and stripes. The backing is large rectangles of striped silks or polished cottons. It is hand quilted in a simple square cross hatch.
790 x 1470mm
National Museum of Australia
The quilt is made from rows of rectangles stitched together and then the strips joined. Materials are cotton and wool. The backing is a faded green cotton print. There is a different coloured binding along each edge.
1805 x 1270mm
Charlotte Nattey
Quilt made entirely of hexagon pieces, some forming diamonds and some rosettes. It is bordered with red and beige fringing. There is no padding and it is backed with silk shantung. "I think it is from scraps from between the 2 world wars but some may have been bought. They are the 'art silk' pieces. Most of it is in various silks and satins and there are some small pieces of linen." [C.N.]
National Trust of Australia (WA)
Quilt of hexagons with a centre motif and continuous borders of hexagons and rosettes surrounding the centre. Quilt is of cotton dress and furnishing materials in red, green, yellow, purple, blue, pink and light brown, mostly florals, with some plains, stripes, dots and checks. It is hand sewn. There is no padding and the backing is calico.
2370 x 1895mm
National Trust of Australia (VIC)
Hand sewn quilt of cotton hexagons placed to form rosettes or 'flowers'' each unit is 6 hexagons and one in the centre. There is a border, based on squares, around the quilt. In the centre of a rosette in the middle of the quilt 'E.L.1798' is embroidered in grey cotton in cross stitch. The backing is cotton.
2600 x 2400mm
Nell Bell
"Side I basically blue & brown tones. Materials a mixture of velvets & cotton (all washable) pattern random squares and few oblongs - dictated by material available. Material from children's clothes & pieces left over from clothes makng also pieces given to me by neighbours.
Side II basically orange red & purple tones again squares & oblongs at random dictated shapes & sizes by materials available, made from worn out clothes & pieces left over from clothes making, also pieces given to me by neighbours. Padding an old commercial quilt given to me."
1829 x 915mm
Tamworth Historical Society Inc
Patchwork quilt made from cotton hexagon patches constructed in the 'Grandmother's Flower Garden' pattern. The rosettes are set in horizontal rows with cream 'paths' between. The quilt is edged with a border, 21cm wide, of blue and white striped cotton in a trianglur pattern. No padding.
2591 x 2160mm
Griffith Pioneer Park Museum
The top is squares machined together in strips and then the strips joined. The squares are multi coloured and mainly in fleecy cotton. The backing is a checked cotton. The bindings are in the checked cotton on 2 sides and a purple and green cotton on the other 2. There is no padding.
1060 x 940mm
Jill Scheetz
Quilt made from 'blue bags' joined as small squares in rows. Approximately 180 blue bags in total. There is a frill around all sides.
Ida Blenkiron
Patchwork quilt made of rectangles of wool and wool tweed fabrics, in green, blue and red, the red predominating. Edges are blanket stitched in pink, blue and green thread. Backing is of red and green corduroy, No filling or quilting.
1910 x 1020mm
Queensland Women's Historical Assoc.
Quilt of cotton rectangular patches in printed and plain fabrics. Backing is grey cotton waste blanket. Probably intended for a child's bed.
1626 x 1245mm
The Pioneer Women's Hut
A buggy rug of machine pieced patchwork of men's suiting samples. There is a large diamond of patches in the centre, bordered by rectangles. There is no padding. The backing is wholecloth tartan wool.
1910 x 1580mm
Susan Mathews
Cotton quilt machine pieced from 64mm squares in blues, aqua and white, arranged in a straight furrows set. Machine quilted on the seam lines. The padding is cotton and the backing is cotton poplin. Bias binding has been used on the edges.
2260 x 1385mm
Queensland Women's Historical Assoc.
Cotton hexagons in 'flower' pattern. 6 hexagons around a central one make the flower. Printed and plain fabrics with white between the rows. Patterned border.
2337 x 2135mm