More than 50 years after it was completed, this handmade crocheted quilt still looks as good as new.
The stunning quilt featured in our Saturday Pictorial on September 1, 1956 after Phoebe Rolfe spent an amazing 17 years completing the piece.
The quilt is now in possession of Mrs Rolfe’s granddaughter, Yvonne Smith, of Wisbech, who would love to see it passed down through her family.
She recently got the quilt out after her aunt Audrey Rolfe enquired about it’s whereabouts.
“To see my aunt, who is in her 90s, touch this quilt and to see her face, it was quite sentimental,” Yvonne said.
The quilt was started by Mrs Rolfe as World War II broke out and consists of 70 panels. Each panel is 10 inches by 12 inches in size and was crocheted in number 60 white crochet cotton. The seven feet wide and eight feet four inches bedspread bears the design of a peacock with an outstretched tail.
It was the largest project 73-year-old Mrs Rolfe had attempted and in 1956, she said that crocheting was the perfect way to keep her mind occupied and afforded the ideal antidote to the worries of everyday life.
The quilt was originally handed down to Yvonne’s sister and when she found it after her sister died, Yvonne kept it. She said she would love to have it out on display but she is fearful that her cats will ruin it.
She would also like to find someone to professionally clean the bedspread to bring it up to its original bright white colour.