25 May 2016

Peace by Piece: WWI Commemorative Quilt Project

Peace by Piece, an exhibit of quilts commemorating the First World War, held its grand opening May 14th and 15th in Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

The project, honouring the men and women involved in the Great War, was the brainchild of Elsa Flack, president of the Cabot Quilters Guild and SAQA member. 

Nearly two years ago, Elsa and the Guild invited quilters from around the province to create quilt blocks commemorating the province's role in the First World War.

And so they did. Close to 250 quilt blocks were contributed, from all parts of the province and beyond, telling the stories of soldiers, communities and families in 17 magnificent quilted wall hangings.

The project and resulting quilts have been documented in a book published by Boulder Publications, entitled Peace-by-Piece: Quilted Memories of Newfoundland During The Great War. The book contains images of every quilt block, telling it's story as well as the story about the maker's discovery of her own family history connected to the war.

The Guild hopes the exhibition will travel around the province and be seen by many Newfoundlanders. Plans are also underway to see at least some of the quilts travel to France and Ottawa. 

Flack and the Guild are still seeking a final home for the project. If none is found, the quilts will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to a charity supporting veterans.

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