QUILT A MEMORY OF DIGGER DAD
MARIANNE Roberts has created an inspiring quilt to honour her Digger dad, Barry Kedzier.
The quilt, called My Memory of a Proud Digger, has a 3D effect to resemble her dad’s favourite tweed jacket, white shirt, tie and much loved Returned From Active Service Badge.
It will be one of hundreds of quilts at this month’s Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair that capture artists’ interpretations of Australia’s involvement in World War I and honour fallen soldiers as part of the Lest We Forget Quilt Challenge – 100 years, 100 quilts.
“My dad was a proud Digger. He volunteered for the Australian Army as soon as Australia was at war. He served in New Guinea and returned a very proud Digger,’’ Roberts, a quilter for almost two decades, says.
“He was also a very smart dresser … always wore a jacket and ties.”
He wore his Returned From Active Service badge when he wore a jacket, and Roberts wanted to make that the hero of her piece.
For the project, she found the perfect jacket, shirt and tie at a local charity shop.
The quilt took three weeks to make and was carefully crafted.
“The old adage ‘measure twice, cut once’ was so important. I only had one of each and had to get it right the first time,’’ she says.
The jacket, shirt and tie were cut out and attached, or appliqued, to a piece of fabric to make the quilt top.
“I hand-quilted the work throughout. The extra stitching to highlight the medal on the lapel was worked in gold embroidery thread,’’ Roberts says.
After the show Roberts will display the quilt beside a framed photo of her dad with his medals.
To dad with love ... Marianne Roberts (below left) made My Memory of a
Proud Digger — a 3D quilt (above). Green and Gold Legend, The Don, by Milos Vucic (below right), is part of the True Blue quilt collection.