Patchwork Quilts

Sheila Bruhn
Quilt constructed of blocks of hexagons with 72 'flower' rosettes made from plain and printed cotton scraps. The centre of each rosette has the name of one of the Girl Guides embroidered on it. The one in the centre of the quilt has the Trefoil insignia outlined in satin stitch. The background is white hexagons. There is no padding and it is backed with white cotton. 1880 x 960mm
Janette McInnes
Pieced and appliqued quilt of pink, blue and brown wool. Centre motif is an applique whirligig or flower in pink and blue on tan, with two pink side borders topped by smaller appliqued whirligigs or flowers in the same colours. The outer frame is made of strips of pink, blue,and brown, with a border of brown. Some silk embroidery on the applique edges. No padding. Backing is of cretonne.
1423 x 1144mm
Powerhouse Museum
" A small rectangular quilt made from 54 embroidered badges for school blazers. Most are from NSW schools and some of these are repeated; one is for a school in Suva, Fiji. The ground fabric of the badges is wool, in shades of dark blue, light blue, black and grey. The monograms are machine and hand embroidered with school crests and mottos in Latin and English; as the embroidery is not of a finished quality, it may be that the badges were either store samples or trial pieces. The quilt is machine pieced and is backed with dark cherry red wool that turns over to the right side to form a narrow border binding." [PHM] It is not padded.
1770 x 940mm
Marlene Boutwell
All cotton quilt of machine pieced repeat blocks with groups of hand appliqued tulips and green leaves that have faded to ecru. The blocks are sewn together in rows in a floating pattern. It is padded and quilted and there is a cotton backing.
1970 x 1760mm
Australian War Memorial
"Quilt made up of 66 embroidered squares, each 'signed' in embroidery with the maker(s) name. All the squares are edged with turkey red chain-stitch. The squares are bounded by a broad white cotton border, and the same material has been used as a backing. The back of the quilt has black embroidery stating 'Presented by the women of Changi internment camp 2602 (the number of the Japanese year corresponding with our 1942) to the wounded Nipponese soldiers with our sympathy for their suffering. It is our wish that on the cessation of hostilities that this quilt be presented to the Japanese Red Cross Society. It is advisable to dry clean this quilt." [Australian War Memorial]
2090 x 1360mm
Anne Howard
Cotton patchwork quilt 'Trip Around the World'. Various patterns and colours and a wide variety of cottons eg homespun and waffle weave. Hand pieced and hand quilted. The backing is yellow cotton and the padding is thought to be a beige coloured curtain.
1830 x 1260mm
Irene Garran
Cotton patchwork quilt 'Trip Around the World'. Various patterns and colours and a wide variety of cottons eg homespun and waffle weave. Hand pieced and hand quilted. The backing is yellow cotton and there is padding in the quilt.
1970 x 1170mm
Marie Colbron Conroy
Quilt of 70mm hexagons forming rosettes. Satin material in plain colours. Background is several shades of grey. There is a 135mm silver grey border that is mitred and returns to the back. There is no padding. The backing is a darker grey. The quilt is signed by the maker and dated.
1870 x 1350mm
Lynette O'Grady
Quilt with white background and blocks in blue and green. 'Robbing Peter to Pay Paul' pattern. Plain blue border. Hand pieced and quilted. Quilt was cut down, worn center piece discarded then quilt pieces rejoined. A cover for the pillow was made from scraps when quilt was cut down.
1930 x 1740mm
Mrs Noleen Carthew
A pictorial quilt entitled 'A Farmer's Home'. Wool, squares and oblongs pieced randomly. On these are appliqued pieces depicting aspects of family and farm life including the farm house, washing on the line, sheep, cattle, kangaroos. It is all hand sewn apart from the backing which is machined directly on to the top. The backing is red paisley cotton.
2090 x 1600mm
Virginia DeFriest
The quilt consists of 9 large rectangles each depicting a house in which the owner and her husband lived in overseas. Each house and location is identified. The houses are appliquéd and embroidered detail has been added to the houses and gardens. Plain cotton rectangles are in between the appliquéd houses. The padding is an old woollen blanket and the backing is pale green cotton percale. The quilt is tied at intervals through the 3 layers. 2180 x 490 mm
Jeanne Mims
Quilt top is 35mm squares of white, pink, green and blue plain cotton set asymetrically within blue diamonds. The back is plain white cotton. Each square is hand quilted. There is a blue binding.
2591 x 2160mm
Gail Hansen
All over pattern of hexagons formed into rosettes or 'flowers' in a pattern known as 'Grandmother's Flower Garden'. Hand sewn and hand quilted 5mm around hexagons. Materials are muslins, scraps of dress materials and flour 'sacks'. It has cotton padding and muslin backing.
2230 x 1650mm
Mary Charlton
Quilt top made in pattern of hexagons, known as 'Grandmother's flower garden'. This variation is in a diagonal set. The background hexagons are yellow, and the 'flowers' are plain and patterned cotton, and include some scraps of seed sacks. The quilt is hand pieced over papers. 1930 x 1680 mm.
Simone Poznanski
Hand pieced hexagon quilt in pattern known as 'Grandmother's Flower Garden'. Wide variety of materials, plain and patterned. The hexagons are arranged in rows with a 9cm border in lime green shantung. There is no padding and the backing is green shantung. 2400 x 1480mm
Rita Ruchel
Quilt of cotton diamond shaped pieces feather stitched together with the pieces slightly overlapping. There is no padding and the backing is a light white cotton
1900 x 1060mm
Upper Murray Historical Society
This patchwork quilt in the Tumbling Block pattern is hand sewn from silks. The quilt has a border of elongated hexagons outlined with black silk fabric, the gaps betweewn each black edged hexagon filled with a triangle. The edge of the patchwork has been tacked on to a white material backing. The papers behind each patch are old docket books from 'The Great Northern Railway'
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1829 x 1220mm
Anne Gardener
Quilt made of woollen dressmaking scraps, patterned and plain, stitched to an army issue demob blanket, grey with white stripes. Pieces are featherstitched in red and yellow broder cotton. The quilt was edged with red cotton fabric machine zig zagged in place.
1462 x 966mm
Julia Sutton
Traditional Suffolk Puff constructed from a wide variety of mainly cotton fabrics including small floral prints, checks and plains. 1630 x 1500mm
Australian War Memorial
"Quilt made up of 66 embroidered squares, each 'signed' in embroidery with the maker(s) name. All the squares are edged with turkey red chain-stitch. The squares are bounded by a broad white cotton border, and the same material has been used as a backing. The back of the quilt has red embroidery stating 'Presented by the women of Changi internment camp 1942 to the wounded Australian soldiers with our sympathy for their suffering. It is our wish that on the cessation of hostilities that this quilt be presented to the Australian Red Cross Society. It is advisable to dry clean this quilt." [Australian War Memorial]
2000 x 1300mm

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