Tuesday, October 11, 2016

More from Making the Australian Quilt exhibition.

This is the original Auntie Green's quilt. It is one of the first quilts hanging in the exhibition and it took my breath away as I walked around the first corner. It was made by Mary Ann Wellen in England in 1860.

A masterpiece of pieced hexagons made by Prudence Jeffrey, sewn on the ship on the way to Australia in 1857.  Each hexagon is less than half an inch!

Roebuck quilts one and two. These quilts include chintz fabric. They were both also made on a ship on the way to Australia and were sewn by 2 sisters.

This amazing work was stitched by Corporal Clifford Alexander Gatenby while he was a prisoner in a POW camp in Germany. The wool and cotton stitched onto this army blanket came from items of clothing  discarded in the camp. Needles were hand made from spectacle frames and ground down toothbrushes!

Beautiful Broderie Perse.

I also visited the exhibition of Italian Jewels Bulgari Style at the NGV, St Kilda Rd.

I finished my afternoon with a delicious afternoon tea at Ganache Chocolate in Collins st.


  1. A friend owns one of the roebuck quilts and I am going to see it when it returns home from the exhibition.... Was hoping to get to Melbourne but it is not going to happen......

  2. the exhibit would be wonderful to see and you tea at the end looks delicious!

  3. Both exhibitions look wonderful! I can't even imagine the logistics of making the beautiful hexagon quilt on a ship!