Thursday, December 27, 2012

Lyn Dennis's talk to the QSG of NSW on 9th March 2013

Lyn Dennis will give a talk for the Quilt Study Group of NSW about her quilt study trip in May 2012 to the United Kingdom. While in England, Lyn was able to study some of the quilts in the collections at Norwich Guild Hall, Norwich and Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire. There will be approximately 10-12 quilts which she has detailed with photographs, description and measurements.

I had previously arranged the visits with the two curators, corresponding by email, to meet them on a mutually suitable day to view and photograph some of the quilts in their collections.  I will briefly describe one of the quilts in the Norwich Guild Hall collection that brought tears to my eyes and then, show photographs of, and provide information about, the quilts in the Rachel-Kay-Shuttleworth collection in Gawthorpe Hall and describe why the visit to Gawthorpe Hall was so memorable on several accounts’.

Come along to the Charles Kerry Room on the 5th floor of the Powerhouse Museum at 2pm on the 9th March 2013 to hear Lyn speak. There is no entry fee to the PHM charged for those coming to the talks, but we do charge $5 for Quilters' Guild of NSW members and $10 for non-Guild members to attend. Afternoon tea is provided free.

Paper Piecing Workshops at Old Government House in January 2013

Quilting Workshops – How the ‘Frederica' Coverlet was Made

Come and enjoy a couple of hours with the women who re-created our famous Frederica Josephson coverlet (C.1850). You will learn how the coverlet was made with the paper piecing method. You will also get an ‘up close and personal’ viewing of the original coverlet and the reproduction recently made by some members of the Quilter's Guild of NSW.
Old Government House
Parramatta Park, enter via Pitt St
Parramatta NSW 2150
Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th January
Two sessions each day 10am-12noon and 1-3pm
$10 per person
includes materials, kit and viewing of the original and replica ‘Frederica’ coverlets
Essential – ph 02 9635 819 or
Limited to 10 per session.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Original and Replica Frederica Josephson coverlets are currently on display

Currently both the original Frederica Josephson coverlet (as shown in Annette Gero's book) and the replica made in 2011/2012 by a group of dedicated sewers (presented to the National Trust at the 2012 Sydney Quilt Show) are on display to the public at Old Government House in Parramatta.
The original and replica coverlets below the portrait of Frederica Josephson

In the same room (the second last on the house tour), the Lady Mary Fitzroy incomplete hexie top and fabrics are also arranged on the bed. They will all be on display as part of the house tour until the 3rd of February 2013.
Closeup of blocks in the replica (left) and the original (right)

Details about the making of the replica can be found on this blog and also at the Quilters' Guild of NSW website page -

For details on visiting Old Government House, see