Medallion Patchwork Quilt Top

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Medallion Patchwork Quilt Top

A medallion patchwork quilt top with a series of pieced and appliqued borders in different styles surrounding the central medallion. Some hexagons have been made from small scraps pieced together. There is one machine-sewn seam.

The quilt was made by Elizabeth Hardy before her marriage to James Heath Lewis. They came to South Australia aboard the “Kangaroo” in 1854.

Although the quilt was never finished, a stain of candle wax suggests that it was used.

250cm x 216cm  England, 19th Century (mid)
1985.004 donated