Quilt No.574JT - Jillian Towers

Jillian Towers
Owner: 
Jillian Towers
Location: 
VIC Melbourne
Maker
Maker: 
Una Kerr
Made in
AUSTRALIA VIC
Date: 
1941 - 1970
Description: 
The centre frame is a hand embroidered piece of wool which the owner suggests may have been a cushion cover. It is framed by borders of irregular shaped pieces of velvet offcuts. There is a green velvet border top and bottom. It is not quilted or tied. The backing is a piece of dress type material in a large floral print in pinks and purples.
1680 x 1380mm
History: 

The quilt was made by Una Kerr in Melbourne c.1960. She gave it to her friend Jillian Towers. It is generally not used now "except for short periods of display and admiration".[J.T.]

Story: 

" Una Kerr was born in Rochdale, England in approximately 1922. She became an orphan as a very young child and went with her two older sisters, to an orphanage in Kendal in the Lake District. The girls were trained in domestic duties and at the age of about sixteen, Una found a position in a large private home in the district.
She remained in domestic service until the outbreak of World War II, when she joined the Royal Women's Air Force. She remained in the airforce until demobilisation after the war ended and returned to domestic service.
About 1953 she applied for immigration to Australia, (at the cost of 10 pounds) and settled in Melbourne, still occupied in domestic service to earn her living.
It is about this time she met the family of the current owner of the quilts and became a close friend.
The owner of the qults remembers as a child watching and learning from Una as she performed many needlework projects including rug making, embroidery, and tapestry. She also made many of her own clothes. All her sewing was by hand as she did not own a sewing machine, nor did she want one.
Una never married. Until she could afford to purchase her own villa unit Una lived in a small caravan and whilst there, for practical purposes, made these quilts from scraps of fabric collected from various sources. The quilts were used for bed warmth.
Una died suddenly in 1995 whilst still leading an energetic and active life pursuing her interests in sketching, photogggraphy, walking and love of nature."
[Jillian Towers 12.7.99]

Una Kerr
Una Kerr
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