Coming up for AUCTION in Sydney, Australia on Monday 31st October is a hand knitted quilt that was made in 1966. It has an Estimate of $1,000-2,000 Aud. The quilt was knitted by a lady called Marjorie Bligh (1917-2013) in Tasmania.
Marjorie was always known for her knitting. As a young woman she handknitted eighteen jumpers for the local football club. She took less than three months to complete this ambitious “story quilt” bedspread. It has 78 eleven inch squares and 720 tassels around the edges
Marjorie Bligh was a very well known lady especially in Tasmania. She was known as “Australia’s Mrs Beeton” or “Tasmania’s Mrs Beeton”. She was born Marjorie Pearsall, in 1917 in the Tasmanian midlands township of Ross. In her self-styled career as a housewife superstar, she married three times and produced six books on cooking, home economics, craft, history and gardening. Marjorie was the go-to-girl for all manner of problem-solving knowing what to do when a goldfish had constipation (feed it Epsom salts), and what to do when you ran out of rouge (cut a beetroot in half and slap it on your cheeks).
She published her signature household manual under all three of her married names: Marjorie Blackwell, Marjorie Cooper and Marjorie Bligh. She was a pioneer recycler and for several decades was a renowned spirited campaigner against useful resources being poured into landfill. She was famous for never wasting a thing. She converted thousands of used pantyhose and plastic shopping bags into reusable items.
It has long been rumoured that Marjorie was the inspiration for Barry Humphries’ Dame Edna Everage, Australian Housewife/Superstar.
She sadly passed away in 2013 aged 92 years of age.
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