Wednesday must rate right up there as one of the best days in my quilting life. There have been many highlights.......'Elenor Jean' winning Best in Show and then Best in Australia, her subsequent trip to the US and her stay in the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. But I will never forget that 'Dear Prudence' was the start of it all. Right from the very first little flower that I stitched way back on the 11th April 2010. I have met and corresponded with descendants of Prudence Jeffery's, the original maker of the quilt and even just last week was emailed by another one of her great great grandsons, none of whom knew that the quilt ever existed, let alone how the lady who now owns the quilt fits into the family tree. So when I found out that Prudence's quilt was going to be part of the 'Making the Australian Quilt, 1800 - 1950' Exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne I knew that I just had to go.....and Wednesday was the day.....and I 'dragged' Russell along too!
As we walked through the door it was one of the first quilts that I saw.....but I resisted the urge to run over to it and slowly made my way through the first 5 quilts on display. I knew that the hexagons would be smaller than my 'just under 5/16" ' hexagons.......they were indeed about 1/4".........oh how I wished that I restarted my quilt in the 1/4" so that I could have finished the complete quilt.
And the colours were so different than those in the original photo that I had worked my quilt from.......mauve and purple fabrics were used.
The quilt was in excellent condition.
And of course I had to have one photo taken with me in it.
The quilt is now approximately 160 years old......I wonder if Prudence ever thought that her quilt would be hanging in a Gallery in 2016. I wonder where my 'Dear Prudence' will be in 2171?!
The exhibition runs until the 6th November and is a wonderful showcase of our Australian Quilting Heritage. I took more photos but will save those for another post.
PS. Lenora at Elm Grove Patchwork is running a bus to Melbourne on Sunday 14th August and she has a couple of spare seats. Check out all of the details on her blog HERE.