The Fabric of Society Australia's Quilt Heritage from Convict Times to 1960 by Annette Gero


Annette Gero describes her book, The Fabric of Society as “a book which not only reflects the heritage quilts found in Australia but also the social history of countless ordinary people and some quite extraordinary people who are from our past”.


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The Fabric of Society also has patterns of 29 of the heritage quilts, designed by the internationally acclaimed quilter Kim Mclean.


Author Annette Gero describes her new book, The Fabric of Society, as showing a rich and diverse heritage in Australian patchwork quilts. It covers quilts made by convicts, Governors wives, Gold Rush immigrants, wealthy shop owners, dressmakers, church ministers, WWI diggers, people who were forced off the land during the Depression, WWII Australian prisoners of war, rabbit trappers, artist's wives and finally last, but not least, Mum who made all her children's clothes and never threw anything away. The thread that holds this patchwork of Australian history together is that each story told includes the making of a quilt. It draws on women's memories, diaries, their letters to relatives, official records, newspaper and magazine articles reflecting the current domestic influences and, of course, the old magazines which provided the quilt patterns.

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The Fabric of Society, has stunning photos, many quilts which have never been seen before, which show the rich quality of design and workmanship. There are visually dramatic quilts to rival any found in the world as well as mellow woollen appliqu├ęs made from children's clothes. Others are real rag bag waggas, hessian bags or patchwork-covered army blankets, but still rich in the memories embedded in their cloth.


There are full-page photos of 130 quilts in full glorious colour together with 300 other photos of the women who made the quilts and full-page details of the fabrics.

Now too we have included the patterns of many of these wonderful quilts so you too can recreate these glorious quilt treasures from the past.


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To order the book:


To order: please download our order form and post with your cheque or money order to:


Annette Gero,
PO Box 398, Neutral Bay
NSW 2089 Australia


Postage anywhere in Australia is $13.90 per book.
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The Fabric of Society - Australia's Quilt Heritage from Convict Times to 1960.
Written by Annette Gero with patterns by Kim McLean

Hard cover, 240 pages full colour - 130 full page quilts with 300 other photos
PLUS 29 patterns
to recreate these gorgeous antique quilts
Large book. Measures 27 x 33 x 4 cm

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