Womens 125th Anniversary Commemorative Quilt.
During the development of Quilting the Armour, the idea of making a Kelly womens
quilt was introduced to the community. Interest was bolstered when Chris Dormer
and Noelene Allan became enthused and decided to complete the quilt in time for
the 2006 Beechworth Kelly Event.
With the help of a small band of quilters and textile artists, the quilt was completed.
In conjunction with a Talk about Ellen Kelly, given by local historian, quilter
and performer Noelene Allan, local Kelly enthusiast and descendant of Tom Lloyd,
Noeleen Lloyd launched the quilt. The Beechworth Courthouse was full, and the womens
event very well received.
"The quilt is wonderful. On first glance it appears nothing special, but more thoughtful
inspection reveals a humble, sombre work with occasional flashes of colour, much
like Ellens life really," said Jeannie Haughton, who originated the idea, "I particularly
like the use of the black and grey fabrics, and the bed ticking which binds the
piece. It is also interesting to see most quilters identified strongly with Ellen