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Monday, 28 September 2015

DBM #3...at the Female Factory

Nothing on my Design Board today.....for me it will have to wait another day because I have had a very special visitor for the weekend. A gorgeous young man who I first met 27 years ago when they put this squawking little baby in my arms. He changed my life forever and it was so nice to have my boy, Red, over for his first visit to our new home.

So...no sewing has been done since Friday when he arrived but we did pay another visit to the Fossil Coast and yesterday we spent the day in Hobart Town where we visited the Cascade Female Factory. And this is as close as I got to anything quilty for the weekend.

clicking the picture will make it bigger and hopefully better to read

 I may be wrong, but I think I have seen the actual quilt at an exhibition that was touring the country last year. Unfortunately, no photo's were allowed at that exhibition so I my recollection is hazy. This quilt is quite different, being made out of metal squares but it did catch my eye the minute we walked through the entrance gate.

The rusted effect is how it is supposed to look, fitting in with the other aspects of this heritage site. A close up of one of the squares shows a lovely filigree metal cutout.

Just in case you are mystified by the name of Female Factory, as I was, it is not somewhere to manufacture items for women (actually, I could not imagine a reason at all for a female factory). It is in fact a Female Prison from the 1800s. This particular one has not been preserved very well and part of it is now re-developed into a Childcare centre and one of the yards has even been reclaimed from a tennis court built on the site in the 1920's. The walls are really all that are left... and the matron's cottage along one of the walls. I will be writing more about our weekend travels over at Cath@Home over the coming week.

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  1. Sounds like you had a very fun visit with your boy. Very interesting story about the quilt.

  2. What an interesting post!! Thank you for sharing. The 'quilt' is a beauty!!

  3. What a great post Cath... & that quilt mural is so interesting... fab pics

  4. How lovely to have your son visiting, special times. The Female Factory sounds interesting

  5. We visited the Female Factory whilst in Tasmania a few years ago and I have a photo of this too. I actually saw the Rajah quilt in Brisbane a couple of years ago as it was being shown as part of the Quilts 1700-1945 exhibition which may be the one you are thinking of.


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