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Quilt handstitched to the pattern titled 'Farm Life', by Nettie Huppatz, which won first prize at the Adelaide Show in 1932

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A 'Farm Life' quilt made from alternate quilted and embroidered squares. The quilt depicts scenes of farm living and animals in the embroidered squares, which are made from a variety of coloured fabrics. The quilted squares are in cream coloured fabric with a repeated embriodered design. There is heavy braid border around the squares in a brown orange colour, then a wide border in cream coloured fabric. The back of the quilt is made from a fine gingham material in brown and bone colours.

Collection name
Nettie McColive collection

Collection statement of significance
Needlework has been an important creative outlet for women throughout Australian history. This work has often been denigrated due to the (gendered) divide between high and low culture which regards domestic work as trivial, feminine and unworthy of the title "Art". A reassessment of history informed by womens' history and feminism has led to domestic needlework being acknowledged as more than simply functional labour. The social role of this type of work is now better appreciated making it a vital aspect of domestic material culture.

This collection consists of objects relating to the life of Minetta (Nettie) McColive (nee Huppatz). Mrs McColive's quilts form the centre piece of the collection. Three of these were made in the 1930's, the Farm Life Quilt, Wildflowers Quilt and the International Quilt. Also featured in the collection are certificates, photographs and d'oyleys. This collection helps to document issues such as women in rural Australia, quilting and needlework, education in the outback, community or commemorative quilting, shows and competitions.

Mrs McColive's work has been the subject of considerable interest both in South Australia as well as in the general quilting community. Her work is featured in two books, Jennifer Isaac's The Gentle Arts and Margaret Rolfe's Patchwork Quilts in Australia. Her work has also featured in exhibitions such as the Quilt Australia '88 exhibition as well as an exhibition held in Prospect showcasing the work of local artists.

Minetta 'Nettie' McColive

Adelaide Chronicle
The Adelaide Chronicle published the pattern for this quilt in 1932

Place made
Eurelia, South Australia, Australia

Date made

Associated organisation
Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia
Organisers of the Royal Spring Show in Adelaide where this quilt won first prize

Place of event
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Nettie's quilt won first prize in the schools' or junior section (for entrants under 18) at the Royal Spring Show in Adelaide in 1932

Date of event
Royal Spring Show in Adelaide were this quilt won first prize

Textile - non specific

Length: 1895mm
Width: 1845mm
Height: 3mm

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