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Her name was Elizabeth. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. History was in the making on 8th September 2022.

Many stories of actually seeing her will soon be shared; seeing her on perhaps one of the 16 official visits she made to our shores. We may try to relate in some small way to the woman who was our Queen, the only Queen many have known, indeed the only Monarch in a lifetime for some !!

Doing a little research in a beautifully illustrated quilting volume by Jenny Manning I came across the name ‘Elizabeth’ …. shared by many as a christian name or a second given name; a name significant in Australian history too.

Elizabeth Farm, built in 1793 was the home of John and Elizabeth Macarther. This historic home is situated in Rosehill, approximately 20 kms west of our city centre.

On display in one of the bedrooms is a quilt attributed to Elizabeth Macarther, c.1830-40. It is a ‘hexagon quilt’ – now part of the collection owned by the National Trust of Australia.

The quilt is believed to be made from coloured cotton and chintz fabrics with a plain white material used as the surrounds of the hexagon rosettes.

This ‘hexagon’ pattern is still used today; sometimes as a whole quilt or part of a larger design.

A comment sometimes heard is that history repeats itself even in subtle ways; but perhaps we may never see another Queen Elizabeth on the British throne again?

Back closer to home, the Arcadian Quilting group is fortunate in being able to welcome several ‘new members’. Our new friends bring enthusiasm, different ideas and a fresh approach to the group so ….

‘Welcome Ladies’ … we are happy to have you on board !!!


Group meetings are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month, commencing at 9.30am. We meet at the Community Health Centre, The Glade, Galston. For further details please call Carole on 9894 7749.

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