Anita’s Quilt

The Artist

Anita 1Anita Tattrie is originally from the Eastern Townships, and received her nurse training at the Montreal General.  Here, she met her husband, a Nova Scotia native.  They moved to Saskatoon, where her husband completed his PhD, and then to Ottawa.  During this busy time, Anita worked in a doctor’s office, while she and her husband raised four children. Anita has always felt a strong connection to her time at the Montreal General and thought how she might be able to give back to young nursing students. After graduating from the Montreal General, Anita had begged her fellow classmates to give her their nursing uniforms. She never dreamed that some day she might make something beautiful with them, that might someday help send another young nurse to school.

 

The Quilt

Quilt“It’s something I always wanted to do, although I hadn’t made a lot of quilts, my passion being for making teddy bears! The quilt is made from pink fabric with monograms, all from uniforms given to me by the girls from nursing school when they graduated in the early 1950s, as they didn’t need them anymore.  My original intention had been to give it to one of my alumni group.  I hoarded material, like every quilter does.  You’d think that after all these years, the fabric would be pretty rotten, but it’s wonderful cotton – the best!  Sandra Evans for several years owned a quilting shop called The Nesting Hen, and she helped me a lot.  ”

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