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Winters, Cecile
The House of Commons Friendship Quilt The House of Commons Friendship Quilt
1968 - 1970 1968 - 1970

Started on 22 January 1968 and completed 9 October 1970, The House of Commons Friendship Quilt is a unique quilt whose making spanned a federal election and change in Prime Ministers. Inspired by the patriotic fervour that followed Centennial year, Winters, a resident of Chesterville (north of Morrisburg), wrote to Members of Parliament, provincial Premiers and other famous politicians, requesting their signature on a 12-inch square of white cotton and a suggestion for a suitable symbol to accompany it. She then, it appears, traced each signature with fabric paint or pen and added an appropriate symbol, then sewed them all the together into a 5 x 7 block quilt.

Winters procured a total of thirty-five different signatures, including: Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister; Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Prime Minister; John Diefenbaker, Conservative MP and former Prime Minister; Robert Stanfield, Leader of the Opposition; Daniel Johnson, Premier of Quebec; John Robarts, Premier of Ontario; Joey Smallwood, Premier of Newfoundland; W.A.C. Bennett, Premier of British Columbia; Grace MacInnis, the only woman MP; Lincoln Alexander, first black MP; and Leonard Marchand, first native MP.

 
Winters, Cecile
The House of Commons Friendship Quilt The House of Commons Friendship Quilt
1968 - 1970 1968 - 1970
cotton, polycotton, poly batting, fabric paint cotton, polycotton, poly batting, fabric paint
266.5 x 197.0 cm
Gift of Kelly Prunner, 2010 Gift of Kelly Prunner, 2010
Q10-003

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