Award winning George Ward Commemorative Fabric Quilt
In October 2009, Wardsville’s quilt committee began designing a fabric quilt to commemorate their community’s bicentennial and founder, George Ward.
A tremendous number of hours go into a quilt. From selecting fabric to cutting shapes to the hundreds of hours of stitching, Sue Ellis and Eleanor Blain involved many experienced and non-experienced quilters in the creation of the quilt. The frames were set up at Beattie Haven Retirement Home.
When it was unveiled at Wardsville United Church May 14th, the crowd gasped in awe. The following Saturday, the George Ward Commemorative Quilt was bundled up and taken to Shedden for the 2010 Plowing Match Quilting Competition. Entered in the Group category, this beautiful quilt took second prize.
Many thanks to the project sponsor, Heritage Canada.
The posters are available for purchase.
The Life Depicted by the 30 Quilt Blocks
George Ward had a long and interesting life. The Ward family’s struggles, the Battle of the Longwoods, and the social history of that time have been brought to life through a commemorative quilt that features thirty quilt blocks symbolizing Ward’s life, his birth in Ireland, his involvement in several Wars in Europe as well as in North America, and the request from the British government for him to homestead in the Wardsville area in 1810. There are thirty blocks and there is a story to go with each one.
In 1810, Mr George Ward was requested by the British Government to establish a stopping point for travellers along the section of Longwoods Road between Thamesville and Delaware. The British were aware that a possible war was in the future. When the war of 1812-14 was imminent Mr Ward was asked to supply provisions and fresh horses for the military. Ward was also a player in the Battle of the Longwoods on March 4, 1814. He homesteaded the area called Ward’s Station, now Wardsville, creating a home for his wife and family. He suffered many trials and tribulations not only with the environment but as well at the hands of the enemy. He managed to live out his days here and died in 1837. His remains are buried at the historical Wardsville cemetery.
Thru Fabric, film, paint and pen
Fabric, film, paint and pen are the tools we are using to build our community through the arts and heritage. The goal of our Wardsville Bicentennial is to get as many people as possible involved in commemorative activities. Creating memories and leaving a legacy.
George Ward lived and died long before an image was created of him. We are lucky to have images from his descendants. We are fortunate enough to have letters hand written by Ward after 1814.