Quilts for victory
A display of Canadian Red Cross quilts made during the Second World War will go on display at a crafts fair in Pluckley next weekend.
The patchwork quilts were made by volunteers to support evacuees and homeless families who lost their homes during the Blitz.
Event organiser Judith Pool said: “Women all over Canada gathered to sew quilts for bombed-out families in Britain. Considering the labour involved, the act of making bedding that was both colourful and cozy went beyond providing the merely practical.
“Their benevolence through wartime quilt making cannot be understated. For example in just a six week period in 1944, Canada sent 25,000 quilts to Britain and Europe for the Red Cross relief effort.”
They were distributed around Britain by the Women’s Royal Voluntary Society, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.
There are 20 quilts on display, which have been loaned by Anna Mansi from the Canadian Red Cross Quilts Research Group.
The exhibition takes place in Pluckley Village Hall on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27.
Jean Gardiner looks round the display of Canadian Red Cross quilts