Stitching WWII Home Front history into quilts

Stitching WWII Home Front history into quilts

By Kathryn Loosli Pritchett

Bay Area News Group

DURING WORLD WAR II, the Richmond Shipyards were places where women developed new skills and contributed to the war effort on the home front. Their stories and others from that period are told in a quilt show being presented next weekend in a former Ford plant on the Marina Bay, where jeeps and tanks were built.

At Craneway Pavilion, "Voices in Cloth 2014" will feature more than 200 quilts and garments from Northern California quilters, including a special exhibit of 30 quilts that tell stories about the home front.

Organizers from the show's sponsor, the East Bay Heritage Quilters guild, issued a challenge to quilters throughout the West to tell the stories of civilian wartime life in their quilts.


After reading the quilt-challenge rules, Low says she decided to place an appliquéd image of a Liberty ship on a hand-painted background, along with stenciled silhouettes of male and female workers.


Other quilts in the exhibit depict the sending of magazines, letters and other morale boosters to the front lines. Some depict the Women's Baseball League, others the devastating effects of Japanese internment camps. Several focus on the "Rosies" — the women who stepped up to build ships.

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Image: Cindi Cossen's News From Home is part of the "Voices in Cloth 2014, Extraordinary Quilts by the Bay" exhibit. (World War II Home Front Quilts Project) World War II Home Front Quilts P

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