Peace by Piece Quilt Collection

“Peace by Piece” is a First World War commemorative project initiated by the Cabot Quilters Guild in 2014, with support from Memorial University. The project involved in the creation of 17 decorative quilts comprised of individual blocks made by many people, including Memorial staff and students. Each quilt block displays a unique image or story, which were documented in the guild’s publication, Peace by Piece – Quilted Memories of Newfoundland in The Great War.

In 2018 the guild generously donated the quilts to Memorial University. The university accepted the quilts with the intent that they would be mounted across university campuses/locations as reminders of our unique origin as a living memorial.

The initial quilt to be displayed, named Living Memorial, was mounted in the Arts and Administration Building, St. John’s campus, in November 2018. Applications are now being invited for university locations for the remaining quilts.

Where will the quilts be displayed?

Anyone responsible for a space (e.g. dean, building manager, etc.) can apply to have a quilt displayed in their area by downloading and completing the application form on this site and submitting it to The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019. The university’s WW100 Commemorations Steering Committee will then review each application based on the following considerations:

Does the area avoid direct sunlight?

Is the area a “working” space that could result in damage to the quilt?

Is the pedestrian traffic volume high enough to justify mounting a quilt in that location?

How will the quilts mounted?

The Cabot Quilter’s Guild also donated some funds to assist with the costs of appropriately displaying the quilts around the university. The mounting method illustrated in the photo on this page is the “gold standard” for high-traffic areas. Other less expensive mounting methods can be used depending on the mounting location. For example, the protective shield would not be necessary for those locations that prevent physical contact and/or are highly secure. In these cases, quilts may be hung out of reach or under continuous surveillance. Exact mounting methods required for each quilt will be determined once an application has been approved.


WW100 Commemoration Program

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000