Good Morning, Quilters!
The poppy motif is a symbol of Memorial Day. Did you ever wonder why?
While Memorial Day is the official kick-off to summer and a day for family picnics, the day has an important history.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the service of the United States. It has been celebrated since the Civil War. Read more about the history of Memorial Day here.
During WWI, Lieutenant Colonel, John McRae, a brigade surgeon, wrote the now famous poem, In Flanders Field. The poem memorializes the soldiers who died at the Battle of Ypres,in a field covered with poppies. As a result, the poppy motif became a symbol of remembrance.
In 1922, the Veterans of Foreign Wars began making and selling the Buddy Poppy to support VA hospitals and other veteran causes.
The Poppy Tutorial
The poppy is a gorgeous, large flower. Stitch the poppy motif in your quilts to cover a large background of showy flowers. To create a flower that really “pops”, use heavy weight thread.
Open Line Friday
Do YOU have someone you are remembering this Memorial Day?
Any special plans for Memorial Day?
Are YOU ready for summer?
We’d LOVE to hear!
As we kick off the summer, please take a moment to remember those who have given so much!
God Bless America!
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