I was saddened today to hear of the sudden death of June Kelly, patchworker and friend.  I met June about 15 years ago through Essendon Patchworkers and continued my association with her through the Monday Runaways and The Loft Network.

June Kelly

June Kelly

June made many contributions to the charity quilts project run through The Loft Network and was an active participant in our block exchanges, Round Robin Quilts and Birthday Blocks exchange.

There will be more than a few people out there with a little piece of June’s fabric, talent and love in one or more of their quilts. Many organisations have benefitted from her contributions including Tweddle Baby and Maternal Care Centre, Bone Marrow Donor Institute and the victims of the Trentham fires.

My favourite memory is the laugh she gave us all telling how she picked up the bits of her finger she had managed to slice off with a rotary cutter and walking herself to a neighbour to ask that they get her a bandaid…sensibly she was taken to hospital and her finger beautifully repaired so she could be back to her beloved applique as soon as possible.

In more recent years, I have not had the chance to see much of her but have always been pleased to hear of her latest exploits from mutual friends.  I knew her as a caring and giving person of her time and energy – she was always helping out her less mobile neighbours and friends.

Vale June.