Remembrance Quilt

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Growing up in Canada, we honored our veterans by wearing poppies. This tradition came from poem, In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian physician John McCrae during World War I. This poem was inspiration for the quilt you see below, called “Remembrance.”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae

For more information on this history behind this poem, go to:

http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields-inspiration.htm

The quilt was constructed using the “Lil Twister” tool to create the black and white pinwheels. The poppies were cut from a commercial fabric. The lettering was created by tracing stenciled letters onto fused red fabric, then cutting out the letters and fusing to the black fabric.

http://www.amazon.com/Twister-Pinwheel-Quilt-Template-Squares/dp/B005C3PAEQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327929852&sr=8-1

"Remembrance" quilt (Photo by Angela Clayton)

"Remembrance" quilt close-up (Photo by Angela Clayton)

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