Hand-made conflict quilt ‘opened up old wounds’ for creators

Eithne Fleming and Rosemarie McGrath working on the quilt in 2012.JPG

Eithne Fleming and Rosemarie McGrath working on the quilt in 2012.JPG

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The completion of a quilt – depicting key moments of the conflict from the 1960s to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement – by women whose lives were deeply affected by the Troubles “opened doors we thought had been closed”.

Eithne Fleming, 57, a member of WAVE (Women Against Violence Empowered) in Ballymoney said she agreed to take part in the quilt-making, “not realising the emotions and tears it would bring out in me, and what I had not still dealt with”.

Eithnie's story photo page 15.JPG
Eithnie's story photo page 15.JPG

The quilt, which took four years to complete, was hand-made by a selection of cross-community volunteers based in the Ballymoney and Ballymena area and is made up of a series of individual panels depicting their different experiences and significant events of the conflict.

 

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