The patchwork wall hanging is believed to have been made by Mary Jane Hannaford, an important early Australian quiltmaker who started quilting in her 80s in the 1920s. There are 9 known quilts, 3 of which are held by the National Gallery in Canberra. Some are on display in the antique quilt exhibition at Hazelhurst Gallery. All have this whimsical folk art style of pieced applique.
I bought it on ebay 6 weeks ago from a lady who'd advertised it as shabby chic for a buy-it-now price of $54. Next week I'm meeting with the National Gallery curator to have it verified and talk about what should be done with it.
Now I want to make one similar, using my scraps.
Lynne Allitt's 'show stopper' Show and Tell! And nothing to do with Patchwork or Quilting. But Lynne did make and was wearing this pin that she'd made using a few old trinkets including an old coin that was given to her as a child... look very closely at the coin!
I know they had 1/2 penny coins (halfpenny), they even had 1/4 penny coins (farthing)... I remember the halfpenny here in Australia when I was a child, we never had farthing's in Australia or 4 pence coins either. We had three penny coins, 6 penny coins and so on... but a Four Penny Coin??? That's just weird isn't it.
The prospect of the introduction of a general circulation fourpence coin was raised in 1835, when the MP Joseph Hume spoke in Parliament in favour of its introduction. His reasoning was that the coin was convenient for paying cab fares. The coin was first introduced in 1836, but proved unpopular with cab drivers as they now simply received a fourpence as payment, whereas previously they would often receive a sixpence without the demand for change.
I wonder what other brilliant??? ideas did MP Joseph Hume came up with I wonder!
Mmmm... complicated seams at the back, I still can't work it out.
I couldn't decide which photo I liked the best, the one with the light behind it or below out of the light, both look great really.