Their Exhibition, was Sewing in Wartime.Due to rationing , women were encouraged to remake/recycle garments into new ones.Their sewing skills were used to preserve their clothing for as long as possible.I purchased the Exhibition Guide.I was particularly taken with A Coverlet made by a Church Womens Missionary Association. Hexagon flowers were made from their scraps of material that they brought from home. Due to shortages, they had to wait for the backing piece.Red Cross bandages were being sold off, these were promptly purchased and pieced for the backing of the Coverlet.Inspiration for my coverlet, is partly due to the one I saw inYork and of course our Rajah Quilt, made by the convict women as they sailed to Australia.
Prior to Christmas, we went to the Mill Market in Warrnambool, where I discovered the above cloth, perfect for a small coverlet.When I came home, the colour was to in your face. It was one of our hot day's and I had no bleach, in the cupboard. I remembered when DH purchased the old trailer sailer, the elderly gent that owned it, had washed the boat down in toilet cleaner. Hah, I had plenty of that in the cupboard, yes I washed the fabric in the washing machine with toilet cleaner and pleased with how the colour turned out. ......grin......would not advise it if you have paid a fortune for your fabric. My piece was eight bucks
Another hexie journey. Alas, I have put Ann's coverlet aside for the time being, as I have just completed my crib quilt, which is currently with Ness to be quilted.