THE Aspire Foundation's Heritage Signature Quilt was officially unveiled on Thursday at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.
About 60 people, including decedents of the quilt's signatories, attended the event.
The quilt dates back to 1895 and features 270 signatures along with the St John’s Cross.
The signatures belong to prominent Bendigo community members of the time, including priests, politicians and local councilors.
The quilt was donated to the Strathdale Quilters in 2003 and was lovingly restored to its former glory before it was recently passed on to the Aspire Foundation.
Foundation chair Gordon McKern said it was great to see so many people associated with the quilt at the event.
"We have at least nine or 10 people who are decedents of the people who's names appear on the original quilt," he said.
"And I think to find those nine or 10 names at this stage is a remarkable achievement ... some of those decedents who may be here today came a fair distance to get here.
"Particularly important here today are the Strathdale Quilters.
"This whole project revolves around the wonderful work and the wonderful group of people that makes up the Strathdale Quilters."
Mr McKern said the group donated the quilt to the Aspire Foundation after hearing him speak on radio.
“So they’ve given us the quilt and they’ve also offered to do another quilt - all at their own expense because they like making quilts," he said.
“The idea is that we’ll use it then as a fundraiser where we’d sell squares and it will feature prominent people in our community now.
"We're offering people the chance to put their name down for a signature on a new quilt.
"The squares in the vicinity of that central cross will be offered at $1000 each and outside that will be $500 each."