It’s been more than one hundred years since the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year we remember those who’ve lost their lives in military service. Remembrance Day is now a time for us to remember those we’ve lost in recent conflicts, as well as those we lost years ago.
Once the troops moved on, the first flower to bloom on the battlefields was the red poppy. Originally a symbol of sleep (probably opium-induced), the poppy came to mean something more – not just sleep but the sacrifice and eternal sleep of our soldiers who’s blood soaked the devastated fields of France.
Children learn about poppies on Remembrance Day and Anzac Day each year – they make paper poppies at school, stand for one minutes silence, watch parades and visit memorials across the country. And the purpose of these activities is to encourage us to reflect and remember.
Which is why I make poppy quilts.
My first poppy quilt, Soldier On, was at the front of my mind when I was designing the new Poppy Quilt.
This quilt was made to support the veteran charity set up by one of my classmates from ADFA – Soldier On.
For this quilt, I needed the poppies to really stand out as the feature that grabs you first, drawing you in as your eye moves towards the soldiers at the end of the corridor.
So the poppies were each created separately, then appliqued on by hand. Which is the same technique used in the new Poppy Quilt. It’s one of the best ways to add depth and volume to the flowers without losing the impact of the colour.
I know that some of you may have a strong connection to our ADF service personnel, in which case you may find making this poppy quilt to be a reflective experience like me.
But you don’t need to be connected to the military to make this quilt – you could even try making a poppy in another colour, like purple, orange or yellow (if you do make it in another colour PLEASE share it with me – post it in Go Stitch Groupies.
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