Joanne has a number of quilts, surprisingly not for sale, strewn over benches, chairs and railings throughout the house. Some of the quilts in the house are not "old" as such, but have been made in more recent years by a friend, in her nineties, who uses fabrics that are ... older than the maker. The quilts are made completely by hand ... and Joanne then acquires them. Others, of course, are simply very old. The tray in the front of this picture contains (everybody cringe) a left over piece of cut up antique quilt. It seems that it is quite acceptable when the quilts get "old and worn" to cut them up - we found evidence of small rugs and "blankets" in the doll's house, made from chopped up bits of antique. I am not a poker player ... so I think my cringe factor expression was leaking all about the place when I kept finding "bits" of quilts around the place.
|Door hangings ...|
Quilts adorn doors - everywhere throughout Joanne's home. I did take my white gloves (you never know what you might get to see on such a trip) but they stayed in the suitcase - everything gets handled here - and I did resist the urge to fondle - but I did wash my hands first. Perhaps I am just not used to being in the presence of such aged objects - I felt obliged to be so careful with them - yet most places we visited, quilts were taken in and out of storage and tossed around the room for all to see - with lots of love I might add - but handled just the same. This particular quilt was beautifully made - I loved it. In spite of its age, it felt "fresh".
Below are two pics of a quilt made by Joanne's grandmother - from hankies - hand pieced and stitched and now behind glass in the hallway that leads to the guest rooms. The guest rooms were added onto the original homestead in the early 1800s to they were way more modern that the rest of the place!
|Close up of hankie quilt|
The quilting has been completed in diagonal rows - and while it's not the sort of thing I'd rush out and start making now, I marvel at the quality of work and the sense of history and family it oozes. Is ooze the correct word?
|Quilt made by slaves|
|Close up of quilt made by slaves|
|Hexagon quilt ...|
I inherited a couple of shoe-boxes of hexagons from my aunt, Maxine - and she "inherited" them from a customer of their Pharmacy in Sydney many years ago (Both the pharmacy and inheriting the shoebox). I've been plugging away at joining them over the past 2 years or so - and am inspired to complete the project - at the rate of one flower per train trip to Brisbane, averaging one trip per week ... hmmm ... I might be hand sewing when I'm ninety after all.