This quilt was made during the period 1820 - 1830 by Elizabeth Dodd, sister of marine artist Robert Dodd. Elizabeth was the mother of Anne Thompson, the wife of Rice Jones Esq who emigrated to The Cape in 1830 as agent for the East China Company. The materials, silks and satins were scraps left over from frocks made for the family.
Anne Thompson married Rice Jones in 1822 and refused to live in a home on site of the Mt Nelson because of wild animals! The quilt was donated to St John`s by the Jones family of Kruiskop, East Griqualand. Five Jones daughter attended St John`s over a period of 27 years.