1899 - Grandmother`s Flower Garden Quilt

Grandmother`s Flower Garden Quilt
On display at No 7 Castle Hill Museum, Central, Port Elizabeth

Cotton prints and cream calico was used for this very large quilt. Size: 250cm x 217cm. The small 2cm hexagons are arranged in an intricate design which may be said to resemble variously sized flower beds of patterned fabrics separated by paths of plain cream fabric. More than 6000 hexagons were used. It is unlined and thought to date from the late 19th century. The quilt is rather frail and tattered in places with torn and missing hexagons. Members of the Dias Quilters` Guild encased the quilt in cream coloured net and then made a replica quilt for the museum.