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One name at a time: the past, present and future of Heidelberg’s Busy Bee quilt
14 March @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm AEST$5.00
In 2018, the Heidelberg Historical Society received by donation a Signature Quilt made in 1895-96. The quilt was created as a fundraiser for Heidelberg’s Scots Church and is now the centrepiece of an exhibition organised by the Society. Constructed from 213 squares of cotton fabric, the quilt is decorated with hand-made lace and embroidery, and framed by a substantial embroidered frill. Its past involved contributions by about 150 people from many parts of Melbourne and a lengthy sojourn in New Zealand. Its present includes listing with the National Quilt Register and commendation at the Victorian Community History Awards. Its future requires ongoing research into the 139 names that are legible on the squares, plus careful preservation by the Society. This talk by one of the exhibition curators will share insights gained from studying the quilt and its people, one name at a time. The talk starts at 2.45 pm; visitors can view the exhibition beforehand and afterwards.