Thursday, December 13, 2012

Quilt history seminar

Back in September, Sue C, Jill and Loraine snapped up tickets for the sell-out NSW History Week seminar at the Castle Hill Discovery Centre (a storage and display facility of the PowerHouse Museum).  The theme for History Week 2012 was 'Threads', so there were a number of events with a textile bent.

Quilt historian Karen Fail delivered the main talk of the seminar on Aunt Clara's Quilt - a prized item from the Museums quilt collection. We were able to get up very close to the quilt (no touching, of course!), in the conservation room afterwards.  You can read about the seminar content, and see pictures here, on the Australian Quilt Study Group's blog, and you can find very detailed images of Aunt Clara's Quilt on the PowerHouse Museum website (the last of the 21 images is a better photograph of the whole quilt than the first one).

You might be surprised to see how extensive the PowerHouse Museum quilt collection is - the list of links under the 'similar objects' heading on the Aunt Clara's Quilt page.

The Discovery Centre is open monthly, and stages events regularly in school holidays - a great resource on our doorstep.

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