Western Canada’s Largest Outdoor Quilt Show Returns For 21st Season
May 17, 2016 – Calgary, AB – Western Canada’s largest outdoor quilt show, the Festival of Quilts, returns to Heritage Park Historical Village, May 28 and 29, 2016 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
During this weekend event over 600 quilts will be on display throughout the Park; draped over fence rails, positioned on heirloom items and hung from laundry lines, balconies and the front porches of the historical buildings. This dazzling array of colour, pattern and artistic expression is a feast for the eyes for quilters and non-quilters alike.
New for this year is an exciting Iron Quilt Challenge! On Saturday, May 28, three teams of four will square off in a fast paced competition. Machines and fingers will fly as teams will only have two hours to complete a small quilt from scratch.
This year’s theme is Hearth, Home and Community. A number of special displays will reflect the theme, including one called Quilts in the Community. On average, the local quilting community donates over 6000 quilts a year to more than 31 organizations in the area. In 2013, over 4300 quilts were donated to flood victims in Calgary, High River and Canmore. This display will focus on the quilts specifically made for donation, and the organizations that benefit.
During the Festival of Quilts weekend, Heritage Park will be accepting quilt donations in partnership with My Sewing Room for distribution to those affected by the fire in Fort McMurray. Quilts can be dropped off in donation boxes at Guest Services from now until Sunday, May 29, 2016 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or at the Railway Orientation Centre on Monday, May 30 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. We ask that those donating their quilts please include their name and contact information with their quilt.
In addition to the quilt displays, a Merchants’ Mall will feature the latest and greatest from the quilting community. There will be presentations throughout the weekend and an opportunity to meet this year’s Quilter of Distinction, Margaret Jessop. Tickets are still available for the Festival Dinner with Catherine Redford on May 28 and both pre-festival workshops.
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For more information, contact:
Heritage Park Historical Village
Ph. (403) 268-8506