Good morning everyone. It’s a sunny and fabulous, if a little windy, Wednesday here in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Although it’s only August 24th, there are definite signs of Fall rapidly approaching. The weather here can basically change overnight; the feeling of an instant chill in the air near the end of August is a sure sign that summer is coming to an abrupt halt. I think it’s exciting – cooler weather is not my enemy and I love the “feel” of the day when school starts again.
I had the pleasure of writing an article on Calgary’s Festival of Quilts for American Quilter magazine. The article is featured in the most recent issue of AQ, September 2016.
The Festival of Quilts is a spectacular quilt show held each year in Calgary’s Heritage Park in late May. The Park itself forms the perfect backdrop for all the beauty of hanging quilts.
This year’s rendition took place outdoors in blue, sunny skies for most of Saturday and Sunday. But a huge deluge of rain swept in to drench the Park on Saturday and most of the quilts had to be hauled indoors by volunteers and then re-hung outdoors once the skies cleared. During the downpour, the quilted cow stood alone!
The best part of having written this article was meeting and speaking with some pretty special quilters. Margaret Jones Jessop was the Festival’s Quilter of Distinction. Her work is truly unparalleled…her quest for new and exciting ways to quilt is always inspiring. Rachel Elliott and Charla MacPhee, both members of the busy and active Facebook group, Calgary’s Modern Quilt Guild, contributed tremendously to the success of my article. Thank you so much to these three ladies and to Vanecea Greene and Mya MacPhee (Charla’s pint-sized quilting daughter). You can see my photos of their work in American Quilter magazine.
Next Wednesday I will feature Rachel Elliott’s quilts, photographed in Invermere, B.C. Stay tuned!
Thank you all so much.