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Festival of Quilts

Wed, Aug 18 2021 09:00 am - 04:00 pm View More Dates
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We want to make this year’s Festival of Quilts as great as it can be… SEW we’ve moved the Festival to August!

Hundreds of stunning homemade quilts of all shapes, sizes, and techniques will blanket Heritage Park in a beautiful array of colour and pattern!

Enjoy quilt displays, a Merchant’s Mall and workshops all under the summer skies!

NEW Quilt Intake Day: Monday, August 16 and quilt return, Monday, August 23

If you had previously signed up for a workshop or submitted a quilt and have not yet been contacted by Heritage Park, or you have additional questions, please contact Guest Services at 403-268-8500.
 

 

Festival of Quilts Workshops

We’re back this summer with an exciting Festival of Quilts workshop series! Don’t miss these great workshops, running August 18 – 21.

Learn more about the Festival of Quilts Workshops >>
 

 

Special Saturday night festival event

An evening of dessert and inspiration in the brand new Innovation Crossing Centre

Alberta Quiltmakers & their Quilts - Presented by Lucie Heins

Saturday, August 21 at 7:30 pm

Tickets $24.95 per person

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The presentation highlights some of the research findings that informed Lucie’s soon-to-be-published book Alberta Quiltmakers and their Quilts, highlighting late 19th century quilts, 20th and 21st-century quilts found across the province, with a focus on quilts made during the 20th century. The book includes 12 in-depth stories about individual quiltmakers and 12 wide-ranging chapters featuring many quilts around specific themes. Together, they reveal how quilters used their ingenuity for making quilts using materials on hand to stitch relationships to their families and communities. The presentation focuses on the themes presented in the book however many of the quiltmakers and quilts highlighted are stories that did not make it into the book. With 2500 documented quilts to choose from, the presentation provides an opportunity to share more stories. The audience will also discover the fabric of Alberta’s history, one quilt at a time.
 

When Selma Nelson was not cooking for her husband and his crew of men who built the railroad from Camrose to Kelsey, she was piecing her Crazy quilt outside her tent. Katherine Hittinger worked through the pain of her arthritis to quilt bedcovers for her eight children, all the while teaching piano, and maintaining a 600-egg incubator to pay for groceries. Lawrence Jackson, an oilfield worker by day, made a baby quilt by night while his pregnant wife, Ima, was bedridden. These and other examples in this book demonstrate the importance of quilting to the people and history of Alberta. 

As part of the Alberta Quilt Project, Lucie Heins spent six years researching and documenting Alberta quilts. She partnered with 38 museums throughout the province to host public quilt documentation events. Assisted by local quilters, she was able to collect important information about the quilts made in Alberta as well as to capture the histories of the quiltmakers themselves.

The presentation highlights some of the research findings that informed Lucie’s soon-to-be-published book Alberta Quiltmakers and their Quilts, highlighting late 19th century quilts, 20th and 21st-century quilts found across the province, with a focus on quilts made during the 20th century. The book includes 12 in-depth stories about individual quiltmakers and 12 wide-ranging chapters featuring many quilts around specific themes. Together, they reveal how quilters used their ingenuity for making quilts using materials on hand to stitch relationships to their families and communities. The presentation focuses on the themes presented in the book however many of the quiltmakers and quilts highlighted are stories that did not make it into the book. With 2500 documented quilts to choose from, the presentation provides an opportunity to share more stories. The audience will also discover the fabric of Alberta’s history, one quilt at a time.

 

Lucie Quilt

Presenter: Lucie Heins, Assistant Curator, Daily Life & Leisure, RAM

 

Lucie is Assistant Curator of the Daily Life & Leisure program at the Royal Alberta Museum. She has a BSc and an MA in Human Ecology, majoring in clothing and textiles. Lucie has also worked on projects at the Textile Museum in Washington DC and has attended to the textile collection under the care of the Department of Holy Places at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel. Lucie’s research, the Alberta Quilt Project, has taken her all over Alberta, an opportunity to discover this wonderful province she has called home these past 20+ years.  Lucie considers herself fortunate to have been able to conduct research on the history of Alberta quiltmakers and their quilts as part of her work.

The Victorian ‘Crazy’ quilt, made from luscious velvets and silks embellished with decorative embroidery stitches, is Lucie’s favourite style of quilting. It combines both her love of quilting and textiles, as well as fine embroidery. 

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