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Lest We Forget: What Does This Mean to You?

Specially created for the Australasian Quilt Convention (AQC) in 2015 is this display of small challenge quilts, commemorating one of Australia and New Zealand’s most defining times and in tribute to all those affected by conflicts over the years.

For the ‘Lest We Forget Quilt Challenge – 100 Years, 100 Quilts’ quiltmakers from across Australia and New Zealand were invited to contribute to this exhibition of mini-quilts. The quilts they have created will be hung together as a huge mosaic.

Many quiltmakers have added a dedication to the reverse of their quilt, and the stories behind each piece are touching and heartfelt.

Below is a small selection of the more than 100 quilts that will be on show – make sure you don’t miss this very special display – now touring with the Craft & Quilt Fairs around Australia and New Zealand.

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The Letter by Linden Lancaster

During World War 1, about 200 men enlisted from our tiny country community. One of the things that stands out to me, when I read the list of the fallen on our local cenotaph, was the repetition of family names. Two mothers received ‘The Terrible News’ on three occasions during that awful period of our history. This quilt is dedicated to these and all women who lost their Beloved Ones.

To the Women who lost their Beloved Ones.

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Red Poppy by Suzanne Gummow

During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers’ folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. The poppy soon became widely accepted throughout the allied nations as the flower of remembrance to be worn on Armistice Day. The Australian Returned Soldiers first sold poppies for Armistice Day in 1921. My grandfather being one of them.

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Honour the Fallen by Brenda Gael Smith

The names of those who lost their lives are imprinted in faded memorials and honour rolls found throughout New Zealand and Australia. This work, made from khaki woollen felt and white bandage cloth, shows names drawn from the casualty list for 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery in Gallipoli.

Dedicated to those laid to rest in the 7th Field Ambulance Cemetery in Gallipoli.

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Moina’s Poppy by Sue de Vanny

After reading the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by Colonel John McCrae, American teacher Moina Belle Michael, fondly named ‘The Poppy Lady’ was inspired and dedicated to make the poppy a symbol to those who fought and were still lying in the fields. Over the years, the humble poppy has helped raise funds for many War Veterans and their families. My piece has been made up of all text printed fabric to represent all the words that were never said, all the words and letters never written or written and never received… the Miracle Flower represents these memories.

To all the families whom have lost or been affected by war.

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Tribute to George Henry Cole by Susan Auden Wood

My mothers uncle, my grandfathers brother, George Henry Cole died in the First World War. My mother always remembered he was going to teach her to play the piano when he came home – unfortunately he didn’t make it home. He died on the 28th September, 1917 in Broodseinde, France, she was 4 1/2 years old. I have shed a few tears making this quilt, I wish my mother was still alive to see it. LEST WE FORGET.

I dedicate this quilt to my Great Uncle George Henry Cole (Service No. 2389) who died on the 28th September, 1917 in Broodseinde (the taking of Tokio Ridge) on the third day of a three day battle. My quilt features a picture of George as well as a couple of postcards he sent, one being written to my grandparents just six days before he died.

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Broken Hearts by Isabella Klompe

The soldiers were not the only casualty of the war, the people left behind, ones who had their hearts broken by the loss of their loved ones, and when they came home with broken bodies mind and spirit, the people at home, their war had just begun, WE MUST REMEMBER THEM ALSO.

To all who served.


SEE 100 more Lest We Forget quilts in this display…