Yesterday I went to the Queensland Art Gallery to see the Quilts 1700-1945 exhibition. All of the quilts were just beautiful especially the ones with embroidery which was so detailed.
But, the best part of the day for me was seeing the Rajah quilt in person. (That's the postcard on the bottom.) The Rajah quilt was made by a group of convict women being transported to Tasmania on the ship called The Rajah in1841 . The quilt is huge (about 3m x 3m) and its creativity and workmanship are amazing especially considering the cirumstances in which it was made. But, the thing I found most interesting is a stitchery block on the quilt.
A couple of years ago I read the biography of Elizabeth Fry who was a great prison reformer in the early 1800s in London. She formed a group of women who went into the women's prison and not only ministered to their physical needs but also taught them how to sew. The aim was to give them an occupation that would help support themselves when they were released from prison. When the convicts boarded the transportation ships they were given supplies to help them and included were needles, thread and fabric. It was from these supplies that the Rajah quilt was made.
On the stitchery block, the convict women dedicated the quilt to the group of women who helped them in prison, thanking them for what they had done and assuring them that what they had been taught had not been in vain.
What a legacy
Until next time