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Signature quilt stitches together the fabric of Freetown

A stitch in time: Signature quilt from the 1920’s to be showcased at Freetown United Church.
A stitch in time: Signature quilt from the 1920’s to be showcased at Freetown United Church.

In 1928 the Willing Workers Mission Band of the Freetown United Church had an idea to create a very special quilt

Freetown- Like a well-autographed yearbook, a signature quilt from the 1920’s will be showcased at Freetown United Church on Sunday, Nov. 5.

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. “Spear-headed 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,” she said.

Dewar continued, “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 signature quilt has remained in the Dewar family, keeping them warm at night, 85 years later.

“It’s an historical artifact,” noted Dewar. “And 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 name on the quilt, as well as share their stories from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5.

Lunch is included.

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

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