Poppy quilt honours legacy widows and families

By James Bennett

A collection of red poppies might be seen as the symbol of Remembrance Day, but for the Shepparton Legacy widows it has a deeper meaning.

The timely reminder of the reality of serving on the front line has been created into a blanket for the legatees.

Patched by Deb Tromp - daughter of member Ken Moore OAM - it was presented to Shepparton Legacy in 2018.

The blanket sat dormant in storage during renovations to the Edward St facility, however, it is now the centrepiece of the main hall.

It was made in honour for the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The poppy blanket sits in the main hall at Shepparton Legacy.

Mr Moore joked it was hard to hide his bias with how well designed his daughter's artwork was.

“I just think it sets off the hall. And it says what's it's meant to - the poppies of remembrance,” Mr Moore said.

“It's important to make people realise there are so many widows in this area.

“At one stage there were more than 80 widows just in Mooroopna.

“This is for all of the widows.”

His daughter lives in South Australia and makes quilts often.

The blanket was made with cotton fabric and thread, and wool poly wadding.