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Object Detail


A large log cabin style quilt constructed from a variety of blue, yellow, green, black, brown, grey, tan, maroon, pink, and lavender cottons pieced together to form 60 blocks, which vary slightly in size. Solids, stripes, prints, plaids, polka dots and floral designs have all been included in the blocks. The construction also varies: in every alternate row the blocks are placed on point. The quilt's backing is made from flour and oatmeal bags, with several marked indicating a New Zealand origin. There is no batting but the two layers are quilted together using back stitching. The quilt still has tying down straps attached which were used to fasten it to a mattress. The quilt is stained and worn from use.
Production Date
Circa 1830s?
Credit Line
This quilt was made by Anna Hunger. It is thought to have been at least partially constructed in the 1830s, before Hunger emigrated to New Zealand, as many of the fabrics in the upper have been dated to this period. However the backing materials, which include offcuts of New Zealand products, show that it was at least partially constructed in New Zealand as well. The Hunger family, were prominent settlers in south Taranaki. It appears to have been used as an underblanket between a wire wove and a mattress for many years, judging by the rust marks on the underside. It was purchased by Colleen Hareb from an estate sale in 1987, and donated to Puke Ariki in 2012.
Accession No
PA2012.085

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