Memo­rial quilt made for our French sis­ter city

Cambridge Edition - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA JAMES

Love, mem­o­ries and tears have been put into a war memo­rial themed quilt made for Le Ques­noy.

Cam­bridge’s French sis­ter city was open­ing a New Zealand War Memo­rial Mu­seum next year, and this quilt would fea­ture.

Women in the Cam­bridge Patch­work and Craft Group have been work­ing on it since Fe­bru­ary, and each square holds per­sonal im­por­tance to each quil­ter.

Co-or­di­na­tor Rewa Dou­glas said it was in­spired by the cen­te­nary of World War I.

‘‘We gave a square of fab­ric to each per­son who wanted to be in­volved and they were told to stick to the theme of a poppy, or some­thing else to rep­re­sent Armistice.

‘‘Some of the ladies have ac­tu­ally vis­ited Le Ques­noy, and one did a piece on the in­va­sion over the wall.’’

An­other woman quilted two red tear drops un­der­neath her poppy as a sa­lute to two rel­a­tives she lost in the war.

‘‘But of course it’s not just about the men, we lost woman as well so I tried to do a more fem­i­nine square to suit that,’’ said Dou­glas.

‘‘Some peo­ple cry when they look at the quilt, be­cause it’s still quite raw af­ter all these years.

‘‘Some of the fam­i­lies never get over it, be­cause they [peo­ple who died] were all so young.’’

The last stitch was put in last week and was ready for the group’s quilt show this week­end.

It will be on dis­play on Sep­tem­ber 23 and 24 at the St An­drew’s Par­ish Hall, along with many other memo­rial-themed quilts.

Those ones aren’t for sale, Dou­glas said, but a range of com­mu­nity quilts would be.

Most of them had been made purely from scrap ma­te­rial and were be­ing sold to raise money for

‘‘Some peo­ple cry when they look at the quilt, be­cause it's still quite raw af­ter all these years.’’ Rewa Dou­glas

Camp Qual­ity, a pro­gramme for chil­dren aged five to 16 who had been di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

The camps have achiev­able chal­lenges al­low­ing the chil­dren to have a sense of nor­mal­ity and in­de­pen­dence, fo­cus­ing on the pos­i­tive as­pects of their lives.

Tick­ets to their quilt show were $5 and that money would go to the Parkin­son’s New Zealand Cam­bridge Sup­port Group.

Dou­glas said the group was al­ways on the look­out for new mem­bers.

EMMA JAMES

The quilt will be dis­played at the New Zealand War Memo­rial Mu­seum in Le Ques­noy, France.

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