WRNS was revived in 1939 (it was originally formed in WWI) and this time ladies were able to perform an expanded list of duties on the home front - including flying transport planes - instead of just clerical work. Check out this picture of a Wren, an armorer, at a Scottish Royal Air Force Base - my goodness!
|Picture courtesy of http://www.amusingplanet.com/2009/11/women-in-world-war-2.html|
The main role of a Wren was to free British Sailors from home front duties so that they could perform combat duties. The most common slogan on recruiting posters was "Join the Wrens - free a man for the fleet!"
Wrens’s poster c/o http://www.annefrankguide.net/en-gb/bronnenbank.asp?aid=15737
At the height of WII in 1944 the WRNS were 75,000 strong ... with 100 deaths by the end of the war.
So to honour my MIL's WRNS service in her story quilt I decided to use Quiet Play's Songbird pattern to depict a Wren. First I had to Google what an English female wren looks like for fabric selection ...
A wren perched on a frosted bramble bush. Photograph: David Norton/Alamy
Aww isn't she 'tweet'? (sorry) ... and here's my Wren block ...
Her wing needs a little more definition ... but overall I'm happy with the result.
AND if you happen to hear some swearing later - don't worry - it's just me attempting a french knot for her eye ...
Hope you learnt a little along with me today :)