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Festival of Quilts

Western Canada's Largest Outdoor Quilt Show

The Festival of Quilts will return on the weekend of May 28 and 29, 2022! 


The heart of the Festival is the marvelous collection of quilts, collected from the public, from folks just like you! This is not a judged competition but a chance for you to exhibit your work in a fabulous setting! This collection becomes our General Display which features your most recent work. Group displays are added in; work done by a small group that meets a special criteria, challenge or theme. There is a limit of 10 groups with 10 quilts per group for 2022 due to display constraints. Individual quilt entries will also be limited to 5 quilts per person. This is your chance to share what you have been working on and help create a wonderful event for our community. It’s never too late to start a new quilt, large or small (all quilts must have a perimeter size of at least 60 inches).

Important Dates:

Quilt registration closes Friday, April 1, 2022 
Quilt take in - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 
Stacey Day workshop - Labyrinth - Thursday, May 26, 2022 
Stacey Day workshop - Starlines - Friday, May 27, 2022 
Festival of Quilts - Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022 
Stacey Day evening lecture and trunk show - Saturday, May 28, 2022 
Quilt return - Monday, May 30, 2022

Stacey Day Workshop - Labyrinth

Thursday, May 26th 9am-4pm

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Stacey Day Workshop - Starlines

Friday, May 27 9am-4pm

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Evening Lecture and Trunk Show with Stacey Day

Quilts and Cocktails

Saturday, May 28 7pm - 9pm

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We have two special displays for 2022: 

Modern Minimalist quilts and Portrait quilts - animal or human. Show us your creative quilts using either, or both, of these categories! 

Modern Minimalist: These quilts have minimal piecing with lots of negative space to show off the quilting. Modern quilts generally are devoid of outside borders. We are not looking for whole cloth quilts for this display but quilts with a simplicity of pattern and lots of texture created by stitches. 

Portrait quilts: Portrait quilts are contemporary style quilts representing the faces of people or pets in cloth. Portrait quilts can be pieced, appliquéd, layered fabric or painted, or a combination of all of these techniques. Portrait quilts are a wonderful way to create a lasting image of a person or beloved pet. Please share your portraits quilts with us. It is recommended that the portrait come from a photograph or sketch (not from a pattern like Laura Heine). 

Quilter of Distinction Cheryl Arkison

We are thrilled to announce Cheryl Arkison as our Quilter of Distinction for 2022. Cheryl started as a young quilter of 23 and nothing can stop her now. She is a mother of 3 active kids, runs a business alongside her husband, and finds time to foster her creative spirit in quilting. In addition to her own creative works, she loves teaching, writing books, spreading the gospel of improv, and designing quilts. For over 18 years, Cheryl has had a great love affair with the Festival of Quilts and we have been fortunate enough to have her as a participant, teacher, volunteer and visitor for the Festival. In her words, “One day, I will make it onto the railing on the Wainwright Hotel. One day”. Over the past decade she has published three books: Sunday Morning Quilts (coauthored with Amanda Jean Nyberg), A Month of Sundays, and You Inspire Me to Quilt. It was the slab technique in Sunday Morning Quilts that inspired quilters around the world and locally to contribute blocks and quilts to make over 100 quilts in response to the 2013 floods here in Calgary, a project Cheryl coordinated. Since then, other guilds use this approach for charity quilts in their own communities. Cheryl has also travelled the world to teach quilting, both literally and virtually. Her goal as a teacher is to inspire a good attitude and spirit of adventure in quilting; to remember to play. In her words, “my goal as a quilter is to demonstrate those traits myself and have a lot of fun. After all, we are in it for the quilt making.” Cheryl has been an active and inspiring member of the local quilting community and her use of bold colour and quiet whispers of low volume fabrics will inspire those who come to Heritage Park to celebrate her as our Quilter of Distinction. We can’t wait to see what the next 23 years will bring. 


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