THE CULROSS QUILT
A CANADIAN WORLD WAR I QUILT
03 October 2019
David March © 2019
DESCRIPTION OF THE QUILT
Owner: In private ownership. Reference No RG084. Title World War I Fundraiser.
Size: 48½in by 65½in
Top: Machine stitched in plain dress cotton and calico; laid out as four quadrants separated by wide plain strips forming a large, probably red, cross. Names embroidered in red cotton in each quadrant with each block comprising eight names arranged radially with a further eight names crossing the end of each diagonal. The innermost four blocks form a whole with the title embroidered in a circular manner and the sixteen, presumed, junior workers’ names and a further eight notables names.
Backing: White calico formed from two pieces.
Finishing: Bound edges, machine and hand sewn with overlapped corners.
Quilting: Hand sewn in white cotton on signature blocks, underlining the names; on the large cross, the quilting is in a 3in grid.
Construction & design: group quilt showing very accomplished embroidery in a well-planned layout.
The innermost blocks include the attribution: “The Junior Workers of Queen Mary’s Needlework Guild, Concession 10 & 12, Bruce Co., Culross, Ontario, Canada 1918.”
There are approximately 344 names although some appear to be repeated.