Monday, May 7, 2012

A Special Quilt

I was very happy that I was able to make it to my Melbourne Quilting meeting at AQA yesterday as apart from the usual meeting and guest speaker we were also able to view a very special quilt.
   One of our AQA members was told about an old family quilt and offered to show it to her. The quilt was made by Elizabeth Smith in 1835/40 and it was commenced when she was 8 years old and living in a tent on the banks of the Yarra River. The quilt is in very good condition and it was such a joy to see it up close and to see the lovely fabrics used. The quilt is a treasure and an important part of the history of our state, Victoria. It will most likely be displayed at either the National Gallery of Victoria or the Victorian museum so others can enjoy it as well. What a wonderful acquisition and many thanks to the family for being willing to share it with us.
It is being referred to as "Elizabeth's Quilt" and I'm sure there will be more info about this quilt in the future.
Hugs, Jan Mac


Maria said...

That's amazing Jan; thank you for sharing the photo of this lovely quilt.

willywagtail said...

I didn't realise you could get such colours and prints way back then. So much work for a little to start off with. Cherrie

Merilyn said...

Thankyou for sharing this fabulous quilt, the fabrics still look so vibrant after all these years - indeed a wonderful piece of early Australia and women's history!!!!