Wednesday, February 20, 2008

My Roebuck Quilt (1)

The original Roebuck Chintz Quilt has been described by quilt historian Dr Annette Gero in her book "Historic Australian Quilts" -

George Douglas Roebuck from Scotland served in the East India Company's military service from 1817 to his death in 1846. His wife and four children returned to Scotland but in 1860/61 sailed to Australia and settled in Queensland. It is thought that the quilt was worked by Lizzie and Margaret on their voyage to Australia.

My Roebuck Quilt, begun in a class taught by Robyn Evans at Quiltsmith last February, started with this beautiful central medallion, from a piece of Julie Wallace's "Saint Croix" collection. I planned to use a delicate palate of dusty pinks and greens.

However I soon abandoned this safe - but bland - plan as this wonderfully scrappy quilt soon took on a life of its own, even crying out for scraps of blues and golds, browns and burgundies. And while I delved deep into my stash for snippets of fabrics left over from previous projects I have to confess to [gasp] buying the odd fat quarter, just so I had even more 'scraps'!

I've loved working on this quilt which I have entirely hand-pieced, and it has been a perfect take-along project whenever I'm out and about - even if it was a rather 'bossy' quilt in the way it insisted I include more and more quirky fabrics.

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