Mrs. Lewis Gregor receives another award at the C.N.E.
Gregor, R.R. #3,
For example, she
described how she used yellow material for the wheat belt to represent the
yellow harvest; for the lumber industry, the green of the trees; in the
mining districts, orange material for gold ore, and silver for the silver
mines; for the districts where coal was found, black material had its place. A rich purple in the
Quilted in at
the bottom of the quilt was the eagle representing the
This is not the first time that Mrs. Gregor has been so honoured. She has shown quilts at the exhibition on three previous occasions and each time won first prize, achieving something of a record. The last year of the C.N.E., before the war brought a halt to the event, her quilt, the coat-of-arms quilted on a pink background, won first prize with one hundred percent, which means the work had absolutely no flaws. In 1936, a story and picture on her prize-winning quilt were carried in one of the leading American magazines and Princess Alice of Athlone, wife of Canada’s former Governor-General said it was the most exquisite quilting that she had ever seen. She also received letters of congratulations from the House of Commons and Mr. R. W. Gladstone, commending her on her fine showing.
Mrs. Gregor pointed out that the two months allowed for making the quilt were not long enough to do it justice, especially coming as it does at the busy time on the farm. She said if officials would announce the details during the winter months when farm women had more spare time she felt that it would give competitors on the farm, at least, a chance to do a better job. As it was, along with all her farm work in the spring, picking and canning strawberries, looking after her garden, etcetera, she said she sometimes worked far into the night in order to finish it for entry in the competition.
Asked if she ever made quilts for sale, Mrs. Gregor replied that she did, but said that she was keeping all the special prize ones for her own four children.
The prize-winning quilts along with the other most outstanding of the fifty entries will be kept on display in the women’s building throughout the exhibition.
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