01 November, 2016

Making The Australian Quilt 1800-1950 Exhibition

Yesterday, Melody, Anne (no blog) and I headed into town to the Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950 
Exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre, NGV.
This is the Rajah Quilt that was made by convict 
women en route to Australia in 1841. 
It was so much bigger than I imagined.
This is in the centre bottom of the quilt.
There were lots of hexagon quilts.
This quilt was dated around 1830 and 
still had the papers in it.
This one was attributed to Elizabeth MacArthur c 1840.
The flowers were fussy cut. Everything matched up perfectly, even the thin stripes. I wonder if they made templates for the fussy cutting!
 
 There were so many beautiful quilts.
 
I've taken heaps of photos and I'm sure Mel 
will show you some different quilts.
Of course, we couldn't go to town 
without popping into L'uccello's!
Next up was lunch in Degraves Laneway. It was a bit squashy there but lots of atmosphere.
This is the window at the Hopetoun Tea Rooms in the Block Arcade. We were very good and just looked!
But we may or may not have stopped 
in at Haigh's Chocolates for a little sample!

It was a wonderful day out. I'm so glad we got to go to the Exhibition. It would have been such a pity to miss it.

13 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Oh, I would love to see this!! What a special exhibit and you gals look wonderful.

Maria said...

How lucky you are to livesew closeto Melbourne and be able to enjoy the exhibition with Mel and Sue.....
Oh yes the Hopetoun Cafe is WONDERFUL ,Sandra and I did have coffee and cake when we were visiting earlier this year.
Oh and also the Chocalate shop.....

Maria said...

Oh sorry Anne for getting you name wrong.....

Dasha said...

Awesome! I am green with envy. Would love to see those quilts.

Matthew Vince said...

Wow! What awesome quilts!

Christine Barnsley said...

Looks like you all had a fabulous time and what magnificent quilts you saw! Christine x

Jo said...

They would have been great to see. I've heard so many say it was a wonderful exhibition

Helen said...

Stunning quilts thanks for the pics, loooks like a great day :)

Karen S said...

I have to agree. It is a wonderful exhibition. I am pleased you enjoyed it. And it looks like you made the most of the day with a wander through the arcades.

Melody said...

Wonderful to spend the day with you and Anne. It was a great day.

Gina E. said...

Just popping in after a prolonged absence, to see what you are up to! I went to the Quilt Exhibition with Sharon H. a week ago, and we too were blown away. I took so many photos I couldn't decide what to post on my blog so I re-directed my readers over to Linda Steele's blog because she had such a great write up about it (yeah I know, I'm just lazy).
You and Mel have more energy than me - I was stuffed after walking around Fed Square - no way could I have walked up to Luccellos!

kiwikid said...

Was a wonderful exhibition wasn't it Christine, I wondered too how all the little pieces matched up. So many wonderful hexie quilts.

Anthea said...

Wow Christine, I bet that exhibition was just amazing to see, I'm so jealous!