By Teresa Petriw
“Southern Alberta is a wealth of creativity when it comes to quilting. We have so many talented artists who love to share their works with others,” says Val Beasley, 2019 Lethbridge Quilt Show Chairperson.
For that reason, Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild is excited to be hosting their fifth biennial quilt show, The Festival of Quilts 2019, in the Val Matteotti Gymnasium at the Lethbridge College. The show will be open on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a..m until 5 p.m.
“This event is an opportunity for quilters from southern Alberta to display their work, and for other quilters, crafts people, and artists to be inspired, or for people to simply enjoy the colour, design, and workmanship,” says Beasley. Approximately 200 quilts will fill the college gym spanning the range from functional traditional quilts to contemporary art quilts. Two special events will be returning to this Quilt Show, the “Featured Quilter” and a “Bed Turning.”
“This year, we are delighted to be honouring two “Featured Quilters” — Effie Brandt and Bev MacTavish, both longtime members of the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild,” says Beasley. A variety of Effie and Bev’s award-winning quilts will be on display depicting their unique quilting journeys through the years. Beasley was quick to point out that “the quilting and embellishment detail on their fibre art pieces are truly amazing and must be seen to appreciate the workmanship.”
Both Effie and Bev will be on hand to visit and discuss their quilting journeys and encourage others to try something new or take a class.
Behind every quilt, there is story. For this reason, the Festival of Quilts is proud to offer the second “Bed Turning” organized by LCQG member Wendy Benoit. As each quilt is “turned,” the story behind the many cherished antique and special newer quilts will be revealed.
A special exhibit from FAN (Fibre Arts Network) will be on display at the Quilt Show. The “From a Tiny Seed” exhibition consists of 66 8.5-x-11-inch pieces. Each piece is a personal interpretation of the theme “From a Tiny Seed,” based on the artist’s vision. FAN is a co-operative of self-defined artists based in Western Canada.
A new feature at the Festival of Quilts 2019 will be a Postcard Challenge Charity Fundraiser. Local quilters are making postcard-sized fibre art pieces, which will be sold for $5 each during the Quilt Show, with all proceeds going to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation. These postcards are perfect gifts for mailing to someone special or for adding to your personal collection. Organizers hope everyone attending will support the CRHF by purchasing a postcard.
As well as the display of quilts there will be a Merchant Mall with approximately 20 vendors from Alberta and B.C. whose merchandise will include fabric, embellishments, books, fibre art supplies, and domestic & long arm sewing machines. Demonstrations by our vendors will be offered throughout the Show. Two lucky people will be winners of one of two beautiful raffle quilts made by members of the guild.
About Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild
In the spring of 1984, a group of Lethbridge quilters joined together to make a quilt commemorating Lethbridge’s Centennial. The enthusiasm generated by this project led to the formation of the Lethbridge Centennial Quilter’s Guild in 1985. Since that time, the guild has met monthly with the purpose of sharing individual expertise and promoting quilting. The guild presently has approximately 140 members. Community Giving is an important role of the group. Since 2015, members have made and donated over 750 Community Quilts to individuals and organizations in Lethbridge, Alberta, B.C. and Saskatchewan. When there is a need, quilters make quilts as hugs, to let people know, we care.
“The organizing committee is hard at work to make the Festival of Quilts 2019 a spectacular show,” says Beasley. “We encourage the public to come out, support the show and enjoy the quilting creativity this area has to offer.”
Daily admission is $8, with free entry for everyone under the age of 18. Anyone wanting more information may visit the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild website at http://www.lethbridgequilters.ca.