Photos: Festival of Quilts drapes Heritage Park with colour

Hundreds of quilts with a wide variety of artistic styles on display

The Wainwright Hotel was decked in quits from top to bottom for the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

It was the perfect Saturday for thousands of Calgarians to take in the annual Festival of Quilts.

The festival, which has more than 500 quilts on display throughout Heritage Park, runs Saturday and Sunday.

From the balconies of the Wainwright Hotel, to the simple clothesline of the working farm, the park was draped in a sea of colour. The show is the largest outdoor quilt show in Western Canada.

Calgarian Cheryl Arkison was the 2022 quilter of distinction.

“I have been in Calgary for 18 years now and the coming to the quilt show the whole time, have volunteered and have put quilts in—like every other quilter—but to have this recognition for my professional work is a huge honour,” she said.

International award-winning quilter Stacey Day will also be present at the festival over the weekend. She will be putting on a pair of workshops for quilters.

Cheryl Arkison, the 2022 quilter of distinction at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

Traditional, and modern works of art on display

Arkison has been quilting for the past 24 years. A number of her works are on display at the old Canmore Opera House building within the park.

“I love this show because no matter what kind of quilter that you are, there’s something for you,” she said.

“I would consider myself a very modern quilter, but I can appreciate very intricate traditional quilts, and so you just see everything.”

She said that shows like the Festival of Quilts work to dispel the myth that its just an activity for old ladies.

And although not necessarily in the public consciousness as a major art form, she said that there are a lot of artists using fabric in different ways.

“There’s a lot of us out there doing really interesting, dynamic, unpredictable things, and I think that’s fantastic.”

Among the special exhibits this year are showings of modern minimalism, quilted portraits, and quilts done by children.

For more details on the Festival of Quilts, see Heritage Park’s website at heritagepark.ca.

Photos from the Festival of Quilts

A quilt showing the many different aspects that separate the art form from the simple blanket, at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Visitors walk past the many quilts lining the entrance to the park during the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Linda Schmidt’s abstract quilt at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
One portrait, many styles rendered in cloth for group quilt, The Herd, at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Margaret Jessop’s entry as part of The Herd at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Quilts hand from the Prince House as part of the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
JPW Quilting Circle’s quilt at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Visitors examine the more than 500 quilts on display at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Blue skies and fluffly clouds made it a perfect day for thousands of Calgarians to visit the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Visitors make they way along the rows of quilts at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A Heritage Park staff member shows how bead work is done at the Festival of Quilts in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Wainwright Hotel was decked in quilts from top to bottom for the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Wainwright Hotel was decked in quilts from top to bottom for the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Heritage Park steam locomotive sits awaiting passengers next to the quilt tents at the Festival of Quilts in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Marilyn Younger’s Shooting Stars at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Quilts hang from a line next to the working farm during the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Ann Beswick’s Outer Space quilt at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Katherine Nicholl’s Love and Hope for Ukraine at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Katherine Nicholl’s Love and Hope for Ukraine at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Katherine Nicholl’s Love and Hope for Ukraine at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Rebecca Marcil’s Happy Halloween at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Rebecca Marcil’s Happy Halloween at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Rebecca Marcil’s Happy Halloween at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Although it might be technically Spring, it was a full Summer’s day at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Quinn Wilson’s creative kids red ribbon winning quilt at the Festival of Quilts at Heritage Park in Calgary on Saturday, May 28, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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