More treasures from the Sydney Quilt Show

Here are two very special quilts I saw in Sydney which I (and Jennifer) spent ages looking at.  We were lucky enough to be introduced to the maker (Maureen) while we were ogling this first quilt and the three of us spent a while talking about the fabrics she used.

Unfortunately I did not think to take close ups of the fabrics in this particular quilt (there are some treasures in there),

but you’ll be able to click to enlarge and have a good look.

image of Hush a Bye Baby

"Hush a Bye Baby" by Maureen Teager

This is a very accurate reproduction of a Bedcover (Coverlet?), Cotton appliqued on Linen made in 1834 by Nancy Horsfall.

If you have a copy of the V & A book Quilts 1700-2010, Hidden Histories, Untold Stories you will find a photo of the original, and another of Nancy Horsfall’s quilts on pages 70 & 71.  Both quilts are now housed in Gawthorpe Hall, Padham, Lancashire, UK.

Maureen has drafted the blocks and borders for this cot quilt herself and it is stunning.

There are a lot of fabrics I recognised from my own stash and (among others) I loved the Prussian Blue Ombre which Maureen has used in the large setting triangles.

The next quilt is also by Maureen and some of you may recognise this as it has been produced as a pattern by a few different designers.

image of Nelly the Elephant

Nelly the Elephant made by Maureen Teager

This particular interpretation of this well known quilt has been drafted by Lynn Alchin and Maureen made it in a class with Lynn at Quiltsmith in Sydney.

Like “Hush a Bye Baby”, this quilt is another very accurate reproduction of a 19th Century Quilt.

The original is a top only and was made c.1819 by Catherine Tompkins.  Catherine’s quilt was used to extinguish the flames of the nightgown worn by a young Sue Gwathmey and in commemoration of this life saving event the quilt was never mended or finished.

Catherine Tompkins burnt ‘top’ is featured on page 29 in the book Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899 published by Schiffer.

I did think to take close ups of Maureen’s ‘Nelly…”

image of Nelly detail

Maureen and I definitely have the same taste in fabrics and I think that’s a great use of that Bird Toile.

I’ll have to check my Quiltsmith purchases but I think I also managed to get some of that deep red.

image of Nelly detail

That Dargate Prussian Blue check by Margo Krager is one of my all time faves too.

Both of these quilts by Maureen have been hand quilted, hand appliqued and (not 100% sure but I suspect) hand pieced too.

Thank you very much Maureen for letting me show these here.

I still have a couple of posts worth of quilts from Sydney so stay tuned.

Historical notes about the Quilts sourced from:~

Quilts 1700-2010, Hidden Histories,Untold Stories. V&A publishing 2010 p 70 and 71

Quilts of Virginia, 1607-1899, The Birth of America Through the Eye of a Needle. 2006 Virginia Consortium of Quilters, p29. published by Schiffer


  1. Maureen Teager says:

    Hi Margaret
    Thanks for posting the pictures and the kind words. I enjoyed talking to you in Sydney and…. I am coming to Melbourne the first weekend in Sept and a trip to Castlemaine is planned so if you are free for lunch………

  2. Margaret says:

    Hi Maureen,
    Thank you…It was a pleasure to show your gorgeous quilts.
    Yes, please keep me informed of your travel plans and I’d love to meet for lunch in Castlemaine so we can catch up again.

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