Quilt No.155JB - June Brown

June Brown
Owner: 
June Brown
Location: 
VIC North East
Maker
Maker: 
Unknown
Made in
CANADA
Date: 
Unknown
Description: 
Wholecloth quilt made from rayon/damask style fabric golden brown in colour with a raised stylised floral motif. Quilted to the self pattern of the fabric. Hand quilted, backing is of gold coloured fabric.
Cotton wadding showing through worn areas.
1810 x 1250mm
History: 

Maker unknown. After the death of Anne Russell's aunt, Barbara Ann Mackenzie, who owned the quilt, it was sent to Barbara's sister in New Zealand, then to Anne's mother in Western Samoa, then to Australia. It is not used now.

Story: 

"I first met this quilt protecting a grand piano at 'Auldearn' my aunt's summer cottage, Jackson's point, Lake Simcoe, Ontario in 1949. After her death in 1960 it was sent among other things including an old, handwoven, handstitched sheet which would be at least 150 years old to a sister in New Zealand and was passed to my mother in Western Samoa thence to Australia.
Who made it is unknown nor do I know when or where but it would be, in sorting out ownership, at least 90 years old coming from 119 St George Street, Toronto which still exiasts and is part of Toronto University. John Ross Robertson was founder of the Toronto Evening Telegram and married a Sinclair both of them early Canadian families. Irving E. Robertson who later edited the Telegram (to Toronto as The Argus was to Melbourne) married my aunt Barbara Ann Mackenzie. A New Zealand nurse who with her husband's help founded the Canadian Mothercraft Society (Irving died in 1932 aged 60 and was the elder son of John Ross Robertson which would take us back to 1872.)
My aunt continued her work. She was appointed Commonwealth Nurse Director of The Truby King Society which had dramatically lowered in maternal and infant mortality from 1920's to 1950's throughout the English speaking world.
My Aunt held three certificates, trained Wellington Hospital and was the first State Registered Nurse to work in the Americas. New Zealand being first country in the world to State register nurses. Reason for going was family association with Canada. �"
[Anne Russell, Wangaratta, Vic 1995]

Related Quilts:

Yvonne Hamdorf
Wholecloth pram quilt with a top of pink cotton sateen, and the reverse is a more finely woven, ivory, fabric. All over quilting design as main feature, with stylised hearts, leaves and cross hatching. The padding is cotton batting. 870 x 660 mm.
John Tomkin
Hand stitched, cotton, appliquéd, quilt in a flower pattern on a plain background. Colours are shades of green, apricot and browns. This quilt was known as a 'Bride's Quilt'. Padding is thought to be layers of white fabric raised almost like a wadding. The backing is cotton material. 2470 x 2020 mm.
National Gallery of Australia
"This is a coverlet of pale blue cotton muslin, highly decorated with appliquéd pieced bands, figures, and embroidery. The edge of the quilt is finished with bands of yellow, white and green cotton attached with ladder stitch.
Down the centre field of the design and 4 poems embroidered in quite crude chain stitch. Each piece of prose is accompanied by an appliquéd illustration. For example a large clock accompanies a poem of time. 'While shepherds watch their flocks at night�.'is illustrated with a beautiful scene of the manger watched by an angel, cows and sheep. The appliqué and embroidery is executed crudely with large stitches in running and overcasting. The quilt is signed, 'M.J.H. aged 84 yrs.1924.' " [NGA] There is no padding or lining. 1640 x 1540mm
The Pioneer Women's Hut
The top is a wholecloth piece of twill type cotton and the backing is a wholecloth piece of finer patterned cotton. The padding is a layer of pieces of used clothing stitched together, including part jumpers, some darned. These are inside an old folded blanket.
1540 x 950mm
Stavroula Iouannou
Wholecloth quilt with both sides in a cotton floral material with a dusty pink background. All over hand quilting is in loose parallel lines.
Stavroula re-covered this quilt with this material about 20 to 25 years ago. Originally the quilt had a yellow gold satin top with yellow gold cotton backing. Padding is cotton wadding.
1900 x 1600mm
Flora Noyce
Hand worked wholecloth Chinese quilt. Background is cream with a central motif of a dragon embroidered in various shades of orange. The border has floral and leaf decoration at each corner joined by a stem interspersed with leaves, berries and butterflies. The border is dull gold satin finished cotton with a fine gold braid machined on. The backing is fine brown cotton.
1730 x 1700mm