Thursday, January 16, 2014

Victory Quilt from days gone by

I went to visit my mother today and she is a member of a quilting group in Neudorf, SK. They make quilts for the Canadian Cancer Society and they are always done by hand. My mother never quilted before, although she is interested in learning. So the ladies there are teaching her to quilt by hand. One of the ladies gave her a copy of a paper that had an article about the old Weyburn Mental Institution. It is now been demolished so she kept the article for me to read.
This building was huge, the biggest in Canada when it was built in 1920 but had been sitting empty for years and many people liked to sneak in and get a bit of a scare (myself included)
But it is gone now and so it is fun to read some of the articles about it.
 When the company came in to demolish it, the city of Weyburn were not too interested in saving anything from it but the Museum did end up with some of the remnants. The one thing that the demo company did that I found to be very caring, was to come up with a plan to save the old mural that was painted on the wall in the basement. It was a beautiful depiction of the uprising, not sure which year and depicting small town sask life prior to that uprising. The mural was about 12 ft wide and 3 ft tall but painted directly onto the cement blocks of the wall. There is a lot of info on the internet if you are interested in finding out more.

The other thing that caught my eye was an article about a victory quilt. I am posting that below.


Sorry, the pics are not the greatest but at least you get to see the quilt