Last Sunday

This week has flown by again and I’m so behind in sharing with you………

Last Sunday a bunch of us travelled up the highway to Millrose to see the Red Cross Exhibition. The quilts and effects on display over that weekend are usually kept under wraps due to the fragility of the fabrics, we felt very privileged to be able to view this fabulous collection. And I’m sorry that the pics aren’t great; forgot the camera (too busy taking to Helen!) so they were taken on my phone.

A couple of the quilts are over 100 years old and were made to raise money for Australian troops in the First World War

20160325-142518.jpgSquares were purchased by the public and people signed their names, then Red Cross member embroidered over the signatures and made them into quilts. This one

20160325-142742.jpgwas made to raise funds to buy a “cot” or camp bed for a soldier

20160325-142854.jpgThis is how the goods were packed to be taken off to be shipped to the troops

20160325-143028.jpgThere were posters and uniforms on display

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20160325-143223.jpgMore recently, quilts were signed and made in the 1990’s by Red Cross members all over Victoria

20160325-143557.jpgwith some clever ways of “signing” names

20160325-143634.jpgI found references to places I lived as a child and recognised “names” from around the districts, and found an aunt’s signature too!

There was also one from much more recently

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A fascinating insight into the work of the Red Cross, and we signed squares ready to be sewn into a new quilt for coming generations to look at!

Meredithe x

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12 Responses to Last Sunday

  1. Carrolyn v says:

    Fascinating! Loved reading of these quilts! Such clever blocks and wonderful cause! I never cease to be amazed at how clever some people are! Thank you for the post…so informative!

  2. Hilda says:

    How interesting Meredithe – thank you! Love the old uniforms too.

  3. Kyle says:

    What an incredible exhibit. Thank you for sharing the remarkable stories of some of the quilts. And super cool that you found your Aunt’s name and even more so, that you signed your name for a quilt of the present.

  4. Wow what a fantastic exhibit. The story with the signatures and the embroidred one with different motifs just blows my mind. I love quilt history. You are so lucky to have gotten to see this and all the great Red Cross paraphnalia. Wow the dresses are fantastic!!

  5. A really fascinating exhibition, indeed – and now you are contributing to a future one…

  6. Cécile says:

    Simply amazing…and you recognize some names !
    Thank you for sharing M !
    Happy Easter !

  7. Vreni says:

    I always find it quite emotional to see an old or antique quilt, wondering what story it could tell. I can only imagine what stories those Red Cross quilts could tell. It really is part of history. Lucky that you were able to see it all with your own eyes. Thanks for letting us have a glimpse too.

  8. Judy says:

    An incredible 100 year old story. I’m sure this was an amazing day for you, thanks so much for sharing and Happy Easter!

  9. The little girl in the 1930s-1950s poster could be me – my Granny used to knit me cardigans like that!! (obviously in the late 50s!!) What a fascinating glimpse into the work of the Red Cross, and how super to find your Aunt’s name!!

  10. Helen F says:

    Was another amazing and very interesting mini quilt show at Millrose!!! Topped off by the street parade with Lighthorse and Anzac Nurses!!!!

  11. rachaeldaisy says:

    That would have been such a special exhibition to see. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us.

  12. Beatrice says:

    Hello, thank you for sharing those pictures with us. I’m from Northern France and I know a few Anzac Day commemorations are held in the area each year as many Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought (and died) here during the First World War.
    Am taking the liberty of sharing a link to this post on a French quilters forum. I hope it’s OK.

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