Quilt, 'Aunt Clara's quilt', textile, hand embroidered patchwork, made by Clara Bate, Ginkin, New South Wales, Australia, 1890-1915
A rectangular double bed size patchwork quilt, hand pieced from a variety of multi-coloured silks, ribbons and velvets and embroidered along the seams with double feather stitch in golden yellow silk. The regular design features a 250 x 250 mm dark red velvet square in the centre, surrounded by 150 x 150 mm octagons each composed of four hexagonal rhomboids around a 50 x 50 mm black velvet square. Each rhomboid is shared with the adjacent, overlapping octagon. Almost every piece is embroidered with a flower, household item, hand tool, insect or bird, with the occasional date (1894, 1895, 1898 and 1915) and initial or name (A, CB, Percy). Some pieces have a three dimensional applique, eg a tiny pipe, swag, shell and money bag; occasional pieces are beaded or sequinned.
The quilt is backed with plain red cotton sateen, which has been hemmed to the quilt on all four sides and hand stitched through along the seams of the quilt at regular intervals. Along one long edge, black ribbon or tape has been looped, presumably for hanging.