Quilt - Prize winning 'Harmony Day'; 2007; R15685

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Quilt - Prize winning 'Harmony Day'

About this object

A beautiful patchwork quilt created by 21 Redland quilters representing the diversity of people and cultures living in the Redlands. Each block represents a different Country and is signed by the quilter the quilter’s names are also embroidered on the back of the quilt the blocks were quilted by Tony and Jennine Farrugia. The quilters were mentored by Isobel Castles. The quilt is large measuring 2.36m x1.77 m and consists of 35 different coloured blocks placed around a central block depicting Australia, the block for each Country is meticulously appliqued or hand embroidered with a special symbol eg Australia – a koala, Ireland – an Irish dancer, Japan – cherry blossoms, Egypt – a sphinx, Redlands – the Lighthouse.
Redland Shire Outreach and Promotions Librarian, Marlene Magee came up with the idea to show the different cultures of the Redlands and to help celebrate Harmony Day 2007 as she thought this would be a lovely way of representing the ‘patchwork’ of people that live in the Redlands. Harmony Day is a national day that provides Australia with an opportunity to celebrate its successes as a culturally diverse society, to commit to harmony is to say “no” to racism.
On completion the quilt was entered in the 2007 Quilts Across Queensland competition in the Brisbane Ekka and won first prize. It was then featured in the Courier Mail and Redland papers.

Date Made

2007

Place Made

Queensland

Place Notes

Cleveland

Medium and Materials

Cotton, Metal, Silk, Ink, Glass

Inscription and Marks

Embroidered on back of object - HARMNONY DAY QUILT \ 2007 \ BEV STEELE \ MADELINE MINNET \ MARIE HARPER \ NIEVES MERLO \ ROBYN PEGG \ NILOFFER D'ROSE \ KAY BURNETT \ VIRGINIA PURDON \ FRANCIS BOND \ SYBIL COLVIN \ MELODIE ELLIOTT \ BERNICE UNTHANK \ TRISH HADDEN \ DELORES MALONE \ SHIRLEY REID \ MAUREEN GALLOWAY \ ROSIE AZIZ \ LYN LEE WILLIAMS \ FLO BIRKETT \ BELLE CASTLES \ QUILTED BY \ TONY &* JENNINE FARRUGIA

Written in ink > AND KAREN SMITH

Measurements

2360 x 1770

Credit Line

Donated by Isobel Castles

Object Type

Handcrafts

Object number

R15685

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