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
Squares 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
was made to raise funds to buy a “cot” or camp bed for a soldier
This is how the goods were packed to be taken off to be shipped to the troops
There were posters and uniforms on display
More recently, quilts were signed and made in the 1990’s by Red Cross members all over Victoria
with some clever ways of “signing” names
I 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
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!
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