Posted 5 years ago
One of my treasures! I just read an article posted on Collectors Weekly about this type of quilt and it reminded me of my example. This Red Cross signature quilt was made by the Port Rowan Ontario Canada branch of the International Order of the Daughters of the Empire in 1917 in support of the war effort. The quilt has everything going for it in terms of Canadiana – there are beavers, maple leaves and the Union Jack (plus it’s red and white!). The maple leaves have “133” embroidered in them to represent the 133rd Norfolk’s Own Canadian Expeditionary Force which was made up of several different companies from the towns of Norfolk during the Great War. There are piles of local names on it – the one picture above shows Thomas Clancy who enlisted with the 133rd and died during the war. A few years ago I stumbled upon his medals on ebay and was able to add them to my collection.
Thanks for looking!