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Memories of the Great War in Stitch


I ‘googled’ Le Beffroi Arras 1914 and the following once I used Google Translate is copied and pasted below.
After the defeat of Charleroi, the French troops must withdraw. Arras is then declared an open city . The Germans occupy a few days, from 6 to 8 September 1914. The French offensive against German forces troops to leave the city but these remain firmly entrenched and during a month of heavy fighting will take place around Arras.

On the morning of October 6, 1914 , the German heavy artillery opened fire on the town. This are just the beginnings of future bombings. On 7 October 1914 , incendiary shells fell on the town. The Town Hall is in flames. October 21, 1914, from 10:30 to 11:20 , the Belfry is targeted. In just 50 minutes , it is in ruins . From 5 to 7 July 1915 , the palace and the cathedral Saint -Vaast already affected during bombardment of October 6 , in turn, are systematically targeted . In two days, the shells because of these monuments, rebuilt in the eighteenth century by Cardinal de Rohan.

Other important buildings were partially or totally destroyed as a result of the bombing :

The churches of Saint John the Baptist, Saint Nicolas and Saint Gery
Chapels of Our Lady of Ardent , the Poor Clares , of Chariottes , of Providence, Augustinian …
The seminary buildings including the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
The Palace of Justice (former hotel States Artois ) , the Theatre, the former Jesuit Novitiate , the Prefecture ( former Episcopal Palace).
Normal School , the Municipal College , College girls , the Institution Saint Joseph Boarding Jeanne d’ Arc, the Institution of deaf and blind children …
A steel deluge hit the city of Arras. The number of shells fired during a single day, June 26, 1915 is estimated at 15,000. At Arras, the dividing line between the two armies was close to the city, only at a distance of 800 to 1200 meters.
The record of destruction is dramatic. In addition to the civil and religious monuments , it’s the planning that is disrupted . Great and Little squares and the streets of Taillerie linking them, are destroyed. This urban fifteenth and sixteenth century included 150 Spanish- style buildings Flemish : 45 buildings were completely destroyed and other damage.

Antique Quilt

Antique Quilt

I am so very lucky, Quilting Antics is such a great place to spend your time. You never quite know who or what is about to come through the door and this week has been no exception. We have found our newest recruit, Averil, we haven’t set her start date yet but fate is certainly working its magic around Averil. Since our paths crossed recently Averil has been bombarded with ‘quiltyness’ not least her neighbour who is having a bit of a sort out showed her the exquisite antique quilt which I am about to share with you. If you click on the images you should be able to zoom in a bit and have a better look at this amazing piece of history which we think may have started life around 1903 just before the first world war and then been worked on again following the second world war on about 1947. I hope you enjoy the work as much as I did.

By utter coincidence I was also shown an embroidered silk cushion this week; originating straight out of the first world war. I will prepare the blog post and publish soon, I want to do a little more research on the historical message before I share it with you. If you think this post is historic brilliance be prepared to be astounded by the cushion and the history and stories that can be told through stitch.

Rosemary’s Memories


Yesterday Denise was with us teaching her beginners sampler quilt. It is a lovely friendly class and I love being in the shop when all the ladies are there. Unfortunately I missed most of yesterday’s get together as I was taking Gary’s Uncle to hospital for an appointment. Anyhow, I was lucky enough to get back in time to see the goodies that Rosemary had brought in to share with us. She brought in two quilts her mother had made using the English Paper Piecing method, which anyone will tell you is an utter labour of love; I would like to share them with you. One of the things that really impressed ‘our Diz’ was that on camera the secondary patterns really come through in a way that you don’t see close up in the flesh.

Well done Rosemary’s mum, total respect!