A quilt tracing a family's journey from the Old World to the New World will serve as a humbling reminder, says a P.E.I. man.
David Walker's wife Suzan Bouchard spent more than 100 hours on the quilt, which tracks the path of 25 of Walker's ancestors across a map. They travelled from all around the British Isles, settling on P.E.I. and in New England, the earliest ones having to carve a living out of the wilderness.
"It makes me feel humble, because my life is a lot more simple than the life that these ancestors had," said Walker.
'Where we've come from … where we're going'
Ancestors included on the quilt include Mary Barrett, who was hanged in Boston in 1660 for the crime of being a Quaker in the colony. A statue of her now stands in front of the Massachusetts state capitol.
Walker felt it was important to find a way to record the research he had done on his family history.
"I think it's really important that we learn where we've come from to, I guess, make better decisions on where we're going," he said.
The quilt was recently displayed at the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada convention, held in Summerside, P.E.I.