Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Westbury Quilt

One of the most beloved pieces of Anglo-Australian folk art, the Westbury Quilt was embroidered by the Misses Hampson, two sisters living on a farm near Westbury, Tasmania between 1900 and 1903. It is now in the National Gallery of Art in Canberra.The file above is pretty big. Below, some details.


pootrsox said...

Absolutely breathtaking!

But-- to be very prissy and pedantic-- not actually a "quilt" despite what it's called, unless there is stitching that goes through three layers (top, batting, backing. I can't see any in the pictures, though it's possible that each square was completed in three layers and then the squares were assembled into a unit.

There is no quilting in any of the images you shared.

(Sorry-- but I am a quilter who has to pay to have others provide that stitching through three layers b/c I am so poor at doing it myself! So I'm conscious of the definition.)

John said...

Hey, I didn't name it! I found it in an exhibit of Australia's most famous quilts.

Anonymous said...

G'day John, The term 'quilt' has been used colloquially - technically a 'counterpane'.
Just to let you know that the "Westbury Quilt" is currently on exhibition at the National Gallery in Melbourne Victoria until early Nov 2016.
Also - could you tell me the source of your images of the quilt - their resolution is great!
Thanx JST