By CTV News Staff, June 5, 2017
Canada’s special quilt
It’s impossible to know if Fannie Parlee realized the powerful symbolism that her quilt would take on when she started stitching it together more than 150 years ago. But her variegated patchwork design endures as a tangible example of the ideals that continue to define Canada to this day.
The New Brunswick seamstress had the foresight to collect pieces of the gowns she made for the ladies attending the balls and galas of the Charlottetown Conference in 1864 — a week-long meeting where representatives from the colonies of British North America hashed out the idea for a confederated Canada.