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A signature quilt from the 1920's will be showcased at Freetown United Church on Sunday

A stitch in time: Signature quilt from the 1920’s, left photo, will be showcased at Freetown United Church. In the right photo, the patch bears the name of the group, Willing Workers Mission Band Freetown, who handcrafted the quilt 85 years ago. SUBMITTED PHOTO
A stitch in time: Signature quilt from the 1920’s, left photo, will be showcased at Freetown United Church. In the right photo, the patch bears the name of the group, Willing Workers Mission Band Freetown. SUBMITTED PHOTO

FREETOWN, P.E.I. 

Like a well-autographed yearbook, a signature quilt from the 1920s will be showcased at Freetown United Church on Sunday.

The signature quilt has been passed down through the generations and into the hands of Katherine Dewar.

In 1928, the Willing Workers Mission Band of the Freetown United Church had an idea,” she explained. “Spearheaded by president, Mrs. J. Lewis, they decided to create a signature quilt.”

People paid 10 cents to have their name embroidered on the quilt, all in support of raising funds for missions abroad.

“The campaign was so successful that almost 200 names adorned the newly created quilt,” said Dewar.

“Once the quilt was completed, my grandmother, Maude Bernard Profitt of Freetown, who helped create the quilt, bought it. When her daughter Mae was married in 1932 to Robert Dewar, it was given to her as part of a wedding gift.”

The quilt has remained in the Dewar family, keeping them warm at night, for 85 years.

“It’s an historical artifact,” noted Dewar. “I’m going to donate it to a museum, but I thought it would be interesting for the congregation of Freetown United Church to see it first, because many are descendants of the people whose names are embroidered on the quilt.”

Dewar invites the public to attend Freetown United Church to trace their ancestors’ names on the quilt, as well as share their stories from 2 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Lunch is included.

Notable Freetown surnames include Cairns, Stetson, Drummond, Profitt, Bernard, Reeves, Lewis, Gardiner, Simmons, Burns and Clow.

 

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