To celebrate the achievements of Australian women over the last 100 years, the National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame created two identical Signature Quilts. One is displayed at the Museum in Alice Springs while the other was raffled. Each quilt is made up of calico squares, all signed by Australian women who have recorded firsts or those who have made significant achievements within their field, with alternate patches of patterned fabric, appropriate to the signatory’s field. So fashioned, the quilt will be representative of both a traditional women’s craft of the 19th century as well as making visible women’s achievements of the 20th and 21st centuries - a “Patchwork of Empowerment”.
NPWHF committee member and experienced quilter Jan Millington first initiated this innovative undertaking at the end of 2000. NPWHF Curator Pauline Cockrill researched the names and addresses of the women to be approached and Honorary Secretary Val Mitchell handled the bulk of the correspondence. Jan Millington and fellow quilter, Julie Heller, spent many hours putting the quilts together and searching for appropriate fabric. The completed quilt for display measures around 3 m x 2.5 m (10’ x 8’). It contains the signatures of 343 Australian women who have been first in a variety of fields within Australia, their State or Territory or their community.
The Signature Quilt Project was a special feature in the No 5 issue of the “Homespun Quilters Companion” entitled “A Patchwork of Empowerment”, pp 52/3.
Object ID: NPWHF1291 - Signature Quilt
Object Number: 1291
Materials: inks (signatures), cotton, printed cotton and polycotton, wool/polyester batting
Dimension: 2.5 m (8') width by 3 m (10') length