Remembering the Sacrifice of WW1 in Quilts

Monmouthshire Decorative and Fine Arts Society

05/01/2018 10:30am - 05/02/2018 4:30pm


Welsh Assembly Pierhead Futures Gallery
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA


Quilts Depicting World War 1

IMG_2152130 Monmouthshire schoolchildren took part in school-based, artist-led workshops producing two quilts to commemorate WW1.

The quilt materials and workshops were funded by Monmouthshire Decorative and Fine Art Society with contributions from The Arts Society and Abergavenny Rotary Club.

IMG_2162All the schools were introduced to First World War themes and the significant contribution that the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment made in WW1 with their heavy losses at Ypres in 1915. The 140 quilt squares were handmade by the pupils helped by artists, teachers and some parents.

Methods taught and used were: drawing their own design based on given themes, design methods, applique, bondaweb, drawing with sharpies, tie-dye, embroidery techniques, screen printing, hand printing with screen ink using pre-cut stencils, cutting out fabric using pre-cut stencils for patterns, selecting and free-hand cutting of fabric, sewing on of buttons, using measuring techniques to scale up drawings and felting.

Themes of the quilts were: WW1 poets, WW1 animals and their role in the war; including carrier pigeons, war dogs, glow worms in jars used as lights on the battlefield, life in the trenches, ‘over the top’, WW1 nurses, the Abergavenny War Memorial and couture poppies with a couture designer.