Memorial quilt made for our French sister city
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.
The quilt will be displayed at the New Zealand War Memorial Museum in Le Quesnoy, France.