THE CULROSS QUILT
A CANADIAN WORLD WAR I QUILT
03 October 2019
David March © 2019
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David March - July 2016
WWI Quilt made by the Junior Workers of
Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild
Concession 10 & 12 Bruce Co. Culross
Ontario, Canada 1918.
We have researched the origins of the quilt and the families of those named on the quilt. The web-site provides information on the quilt itself, about the community that made the quilt and the family stories of those named on the quilt
This research is dedicated to the Junior Workers of Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild and to all the others who made their own considerable contributions to the war effort during WWI.
In April 2018, this quilt featured in the Hallmarks of Humanity quilt show at the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre, Southampton, Ontario, Canada. Following this successful show, the quilt has now been donated to the BCM&CC. For arrangements to visit the quilt see here.
As a result of the interest generated by the activities of the Canadian Red Red Cross Quilt research group, I am sometimes invited to look at similar quilts which have been passed down within families.
This quilt is one such.
My husband David was engaged in research on a Canadian World War I quilt and was contacted via the facility on the website for people to raise queries or provide further information. In June 2015, Becca wrote saying she had a similar quilt. Becca had found it among her mother's belongings when her mother died in the late 90s. Becca has no recollection of the quilt being used, and had never seen it before.
To the best of Becca's knowledge, her family has no connections with Canada. Her parents were from a rural farming background, though her maternal grandparents ran a pub in Hampshire during World War II which she believes was frequented by both Canadian and American servicemen.
When we found that Becca lived in Croydon, five miles from us, we made arrangements to visit her and examine and document the quilt. On arrival, we found that she was happy to donate the quilt to my Canadian Red Cross Quilt collection.
Maxine March - July 2016