The Festival Challenge

Quilting is an art that continues to evolve – from piecing that was completely done by hand to machine piecing; from scissors to rotary cutters to machines that will cut pieces from dies; from quilting bees and hand-quilting on frames to all types of machine quilting. What might the future of quilting look like?

Here’s your chance to dream and the only “limits” to this challenge are:

  1. One item used for quilting must be incorporated within your quilt, visible or hidden – for example, a pair of scissors, a template, a sewing machine, etc.
  2. The maximum size is a perimeter of no more than 200 inches.
  3. The item must be quilted.
  4. The challenge is open to individual guild members only.
  5. The number of entries per EDQG member is: One.
  6. All quilts, except those considered three dimensional, must have a hanging sleeve.

This category will not be judged but those attending the 2019 Festival of Quilts will vote for "Viewers Choice" and ribbons will be awarded for the three entries with the most votes.



Feature Quilter Nomination Criteria

The 2019 Quilt Show Committee is asking all Edmonton & District Quilters’ Guild members to start thinking and talking among yourselves. Who do you think is most deserving of being nominated as the FEATURE QUILTER to be honoured by the Guild?

What are some of the characteristics you might consider in your nomination?

  • Regular attendance at meetings, workshops and guild events
  • Constant striving to learn new things and evolve as a quilter
  • Supports the Guild by active involvement in various activities
  • Shares quilt knowledge and skills with others
  • Stands out as a person we are proud to recognize as a quilter, friend, mentor, teacher and all around good community member
  • Any other characteristics that you feel make them worthy recipients of this honour

Selection will be made by a committee composed of three non-guild members who will be named at a future date.

All Guild members are eligible for nomination.

So, get together with a few friends to discuss possible candidates for nomination.

Those making submissions will need to:
  • Seek the permission of their nominee to make the submission.
  • Using an anonymous format, list the characteristics that you feel make this person worthy to serve as the next FEATURE QUILTER – 500 to a maximum of 1,000 words.

The submission forms will be submitted electronically by 11:00p.m. October 12 th , 2018.

Please click HERE to access the submission form.

The person selected as the 2019 FEATURE QUILTER will be announced at the November 21st EDQG meeting.



Festival of Quilts Information


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It is time to mark your 2019 calendars! The dates for the 2019 Festival of Quilts will be June 1st and 2nd. This is the weekend following Heritage Park in Calgary and a couple of weeks prior to Quilt Canada, which is being held in Ottawa.

A look back to books and magazines of 1978 and there are patterns for quilting templates, the use of scissors, and finished quilts with intricate hand-quilting. Today, quilt-makers have rotary cutters in a multitude of designs, acrylic rulers and templates and machine quilting done using domestic machines and long-arms. 2018 has been a year of celebration and reflection on the past 40 years for the members of the Edmonton and District Quilters’ Guild, but in 2019, focus your thoughts to the future….announcing (do you hear the drum roll?) the theme for the EDQG 2019 Festival of Quilts... The Future of Quilting: The Sky’s the Limit! Maybe we can find an app for that!

The show provides an opportunity for guild members to share their work with the public. The quilts on display highlight many different types of quilting - from traditional bed quilts to quilts hung as works of art. There are functional and decorative quilted items, such as table runners, jackets, totes and purses, and bowls.

Members may choose to enter their quilts in judged or non-judged categories, and all quilts are eligible for a
“Viewer’s Choice” award, voted for by those attending the show.

Vendors, specializing in a variety of merchandise designed for quilters, form another aspect of the show and offer demonstrations of new techniques, tools, and other enhancements.


With only 9 months until the Festival, each month will be filled with things to do in preparation and to help you see the year at a glance, here is a calendar.

September: And the “Feature Quilter is ………………………. ………………………………….!”

The nominations for “Feature Quilter” must be submitted by October 12, 2018. To submit the nomination, select this link: and the nomination form will open for completion. Once it has been successfully submitted, a message will be sent to the contact email address confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer to complete the submission on paper, you will find a copy in the newsletter and if it is complete before the September 19th guild meeting, you are welcome to drop it off at the Quilt Show table.

We will also have a few print copies at the table should you prefer to pick one up, but remember the deadline is prior to the October meeting, so you will need to mail it to me at 5703 – 56 Ave., Beaumont, AB T4X 1A8 or scan and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The criteria for the Feature Quilter can be found on the EDQG website at: .

Sign up at the Program table for the November workshop “What was the Judge Thinking?”.


October: The Festival of Quilts Entry Category List

November 21: The Feature Quilter Announcement Program Presentation: “To Judge or Not To Judge”

November 24: “What Was the Judge Thinking?” Workshop


January: Hand-made for You, Boutique Online Sign-up opens

February: Volunteer Recruitment begins

March 1: Online Entry Registration opens

April 30: Online Entry Registration closes

May 30: Quilt Drop-off

May 31: Quilt Judging and Hanging Day

June 1-2: EDQG Festival of Quilts 



Committee Member Welcome

Welcome to the 2019 Quilt Show Committee: Sandra Hamilton, Diane McLellan, Janet Mireault, Myrna Purser, Vicki Robson, Carolynne Ross, Betty Ryder, Ann Schuler, Joan Smith, Charlotte St. Dennis, Charlene Thompson, and
Linda Thorne.






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