In this exhibition of Wartime Quilts visitors will see the geometric masterpieces made from uniform fabric in Dr Annette Gero’s extraordinary collection.
If you were not one of the 35,000 people who saw this outstanding exhibition in Manly, Sydney, you now have a unique opportunity to see it in Melbourne at AQC.
These are extraordinarily visual quilts, almost all made by men, soldiers quilts from 1800 to 1940. Created from the tiniest pieces of heavy wool military fabric, these designs will amaze viewers as the work to have made these quilts is quite extraordinary!
Crimean war quilts and quilts made in India were mostly made by English soldiers and brought here by English families. They are made from the tiniest pieces of wool from the soldiers uniforms, about 1cm square, with a skill of hand-sewing which would be hard to match even today.
Uniform fabrics do not only include those used in battle, but also those of dress uniforms used for formal and pageantry occasions, so the colours are very bright. The cloth, heavy woollen serge or worsted twill, was difficult work with, and so it is when one sees the number of delightful appliqued flowers on these quilts, as well as intricate borders of applique leaves and cutout hearts, all made from uniform fabric.
The majority of these quilts are made by men, but we don’t know just how extensive this tradition was. What kind of quilts did they make and what were they used for? Come along and see what you think!
Annette’s book on Wartime Quilts (illustrated with more than 100 quilts from all around the world) will be on sale at the AQC exhibition.