The Grandparents’ Quilt

Background on The Grandparents’ Quilt

CGRA Quilt
Shown with the quilt are, L to R, Madeleine Bremner, Ottawa Chapter Director, CGRA Joan Wilson, Ottawa grandmother, and Daphne Jennings, Director CGRA

Our story impacts every Canadian family, and this is the story behind what we call our Grandparents’ Heartaches and Tears Quilt. The quilt symbolizes a key family issue that brings heartache and tears to many across the country, and the progress being made to address it by, among others, the Canadian Grandparents Rights Association.

Measuring 20×7 feet, the quilt is the handmade creation of grandmothers. It was started by a grandmother in Ontario. As it travelled across the country, and many more squares were added, it became the Grandparents’ Quilt. The quilt represents a sincere and concerted effort at the grassroots level by concerned citizens to change the way family situations play out for their loved ones. It has been displayed in provincial legislatures and Parliament’s Hall of Honour in Ottawa.