Child's Dressing Gown

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1950 - 1959

Child's dressing gown, made from hand-pieced long hexagons arranged in triangular patterns, lined with red silk. The main body of the dressing gown is brown, and the triangles are made from shades of red, green, navy blue and black.

This item was one of the pieces that came in from the family of Averil Colby, although it is not known whether she was the maker.

Averil Colby was a British quilt historian and quiltmaker, and author of three books on patchwork and quilting. Her distinctive style was to create complicated bouquets and swags from the careful arrangement of floral printed hexagons and diamonds.She had a great influence over the patchwork being produced in the 1950s and 60s. Her research and work was very important, as it was being produced at a time when the crafts of patchwork and quilting were generally disregarded.

Child's Dressing Gown