QV Quilt Show
Visiting the Queen Victoria Art Gallery this week was four excited ladies. Shan Fawcett, Jenny Knight, Joanne McLogan and Vicki Stockton have formed a quilting group and asked to see some of our quilt collection. Textiles volunteer, Deb Wise and myself obliged by getting out three of our best.
The group debated over the stitching in the Rachel Louise Raspin Quilt (1898). The stitching is a variation of a feather stitch around the red and white diamonds. The quilt is made of a red cotton twill and white calico and surrounded by a crocheted piece, that was possibly stitched on after the quilt was finished.
The next quilt was the Hexagon Quilt, dating from 1860-1870. They were equally fascinated by the different colours and material types used. The ribbon tasselled edging caused some excitement. It was made separate from the quilt, possibly commercially, but added at a much later date, possibly in the 1920s, as the colours are more vibrant.
The last quilt was something the quilting ladies had not seen, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt, possibly produced in the 1920s. The techniques used to make it include English paper piecing. Paper is still attached on the back and fussy cutting, where every hexagonal piece is lined up to match. The quilt is whip stitched from the back. Many different pieces of material have been used to make the quilt, also dating from different time periods from the 1800s to the early 1900s. Such pieces of material include cotton, silk and chintz.
Jenny also brought along one of her quilts to show the group, which is as detailed as some of the quilts in our collection. The ladies went home inspired to produce something based upon traditional quilting styles. They will be back in a couple of months to see the Contemporary Quilt collection.
Rosalie Kelly, Visual Arts and Design Registrar (Images by Rosalie)