Today, November 11th, is Remembrance Day here in Canada. This day is celebrated in many countries around the world; Remembrance Day is observed in Australia, Belgium, Belize, and the United Kingdom, to name a few. In the United States, this day is dubbed Veteran's Day. In France, Armistice Day. No matter what it's called, we come together on this day to remember the end of the First World War in 1918.
History of the Red Poppy
The red poppy is traditionally worn in Commonwealth countries leading up to November 11th, often used to raise money for Veterans' organizations. The opening lines of the World War I poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae refer to poppies growing among the graves of war victims in Europe. In 1920, the National American Legion adopted the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. Today, it is worn to honour those fallen during battle in wars of past and present.
In honour of Remembrance day, I crafted a paper piecing pattern of a red poppy. You can find it both with or without seam allowances so that it can be sized up or down as you need! Craft a simple wall hanging or make many blocks for a quilt to create a garden full of poppies. I can't wait to see what you make and how you use it to honour those who fought for us all those years ago. Download the PDF pattern below.
Who do you wear a poppy for?
PDF Download: Red Poppy Paper Piecing Pattern