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.