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 available on the website in September and will be submitted electronically by 11:00p.m. October 12 th , 2018.

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



Viewer's Choice Winning Quilts 2017

The Viewer's Choice Winning quilt is....a tie!

Anniversary Quilt by Kathy RybickiAnniversary Quilt by Kathy Rybicki


Secret Garden by Sheila Van Der LindenSecret Garden by Sheila Van Der Linden


Viewer's Choice for the Canada 150 Category:

  1. Full Circle by Corey Ralph
  2. From Sea to Sea by Janet Mireault
  3. Canada 150, the Mural Project by Joan Smith
  4. Celebrate by Kathy Nelms

Full Circle by Corey RalphFrom Sea to Sea by Janet Mireault


DSC04806Celebrate by Kathy Nelms






Winning Quilts 2017






Name of Quilt

Quilter’s Name

A - Art Quilt Large


Gypsy Summer

Betty Manuel



My Creative Spirit

Kim Caskey



Hugs for Me

Sandra Hamilton

B - Art Quilt Medium


Summer Solstice

Leah Gravells



Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Yvonne Bilan-Wallace



Around About

Cathy Tomm

C - Art Quilt Small


Music Brings the Night to Life

Janet Mireault



Rooster Games

Sharon Rubuliak



My Life Dance

Kathy Logan de Chavez

D - Art Quilt Small


The River Valley Beckons

Birdie McLean



A New Day

Kathy Logan de Chavez



Alley in Tel Aviv

Janet Walton

E - Modern Large, computer-guided quilting


Chic and Checkered

Laurrie Gerzanich



Stained Glass Window

Maureen Devich




Michelle Nelms

F – Modern Large, hand-guided quilting


It’s Official

Kerri Munchinsky



Adventure in Patchwork City

Kerri Munchinsky



Jane at 25

Kim Caskey

G – Group


Banners Set 1

Millwoods United Church



Banners Set 2

Millwoods United Church



High Five

Tuesday Coffee Bee Group

H – Hand Quilted


Hawaiian Pillow

Sylvia Courteau



All About Scraps

Brenda Ramsay



Gypsy Wife

Mary Jowett

J – Modern Medium



Marjorie O’Hara



The Lady of Shalott

Ev Carter



Walk the Line

Kim Caskey

K – Modern Small



Ev Carter



Modernizing the Rockies

Lise Penel



Hosta Duo

Ev Carter

L – Traditional Large, hand-guided quilting 1


2017 Mystery Quilt

Betty Manuel



Anniversary Quilt

Kathy Rybicki



Yellow Bush Plum Red 

Wanda Cracknell

M – Traditional Large, hand-guided quilting 2


Bali Wedding Star 

Kerri Munchinsky



Rocky Road to Dublin

Maureen Devich



Cross My Heart

Betty Manuel

N – Traditional Large, computer-guided quilting 1



Kathy Nelms



Angel Blessings

Cheryl McCrea



Diamonds are Forever

Wendy Hilton

O – Traditional Large, computer guided quilting 2


Country Drive

Cheryl McCrea




Myrna Purser




Brenda Ramsay

P – Traditional Medium


At last

Marjorie O’Hara



Block Party

Elizabeth Pettinen



Faeries in My Garden

Joanne Flamand

R – Traditional Small



Judy Elliot



Then Life Got in the Way

Linda Thorne



Stars at the Lake

Ann Schuler

S – 3D Objects


X Marks the Spot

Kathy Logan de Chavez



Beads of Dew

Wanda Cracknell




Margaret Hrynew

Judge’s Choice


Summer Memories

Yvonne Bilan-Wallace


E Squared

Elinor Burwash


Silk Road

Judy Elliot


Pineapple Express

Betty Manuel

Merchants Mall Vendor Recognition

Thank you to all the Vendors who made our Market Mall a great success!

 (Vendors are listed in alphabetical order)

AstrinatticCentral Sewing

Cottage Treasures





     Extraordinary Extras


The Fabric Addict



 Maple Leaf QuiltingOrmcraft

Purple Katz



Quilter's Quarters






Sew Divine


 Shauna Case Quilter's Clutter

Steam Trunk


Sugar Pine






Your Sewing Store








How to make a Quilt Label and Why

Quilt Labels
All Quilts submitted to the EDQG Festival of Quilts must have a label.  The label must have your name and the name of your piece.  You may add whatever other information you wish. The label is covered for judging.  The traditional place for a label is the bottom right hand corner as you look at the quilt from the front.  If your quilt already has a label near the bottom of the quilt we do not require you to move it.
3 Dimensional objects and Wearables must have a label. 
The following is an article on why one should label ones quilts.
Thoughts on why and how to label your quilts.
Why label your quits?
  •           It says you are proud of your work and want people to know you made it.
  •         It can make a gift of a quilt very special.  The recipient sees a special label.  It says this quilt was made especially for him and can also say why and when as well as by whom.
  •          Or it can say that this person made this quilt. 
  •                        It records information for future generations.  If you make a quilt for a granddaughter and it survives to be handed down to a great granddaughter the information about it will be there.
What to put on a label.
Any or all of the following can be included:
  1.            Name of the quilt.
  2.            Source of the pattern and designer. 
  3.                            If it is not a quilt from a pattern but one you designed it should say so.  e.g. “original design”.
  4.           Why it was made.
  5.           Who it was made for.
  6.           Where it was made.  E.g. Sherwood Park, Alberta.
  7.           The name of any one that worked on it; e.g the name of the quilter if you did not quilt it yourself.
  8.           Techniques used.  e.g. machine pieced from my hand dyed fabrics.
  9.           The date it was made.
  10.           The inspiration for the quilt.  E.g the sunset last night or what I learned in a class taught by Suzy Quilt Teacher.
  11.                          Care instructions.  E.g. machine wash in cool water, machine dry.
  12.           Anything else you would like the recipient to know.  (Or that DGGGD)
Where to put a label.
The bottom right hand corner is the traditional place to put your label.  The bottom right corner is the right corner as you look at the quilt from the front. To prove the quilt is yours some people like to sign their quilt in a hidden spot as well.  This can be under the binding or under the sleeve. 
The label can be pieced into the back of the quilt or attached to the back of the quilt before it is quilted.  Think about what thread colour you are going to use in the bobbin as the bobbin thread will show on the label.  A label that is included in the quilting cannot be removed without damaging the quilt. 
How to make a quilt label.
1.           Hand writing.
You can write the information on the quilt back with a permanent pen.
I like to print the information on a piece of paper and then trace over it with a permanent pen.  It keeps all the writing the same size and straight.
2.           Print it on a computer.
Use a printer that uses ink (ink jet, bubble ink jet) not a printer that uses toner (laser printer).  You can buy packages of fabric already fixed to paper and sized correctly for a standard printer.  Most brands of such fabric are already treated with a chemical to stabilize the ink or you can use a liquid called “bubble jet set”.  I have not tried it.  I make my fabric sheets by ironing fabric to freezer paper. The information can be printed from a computer onto fabric. 
If I am concerned about the label fading with multiple washings I use a permanent pen.
3.  Decorating your Label
You can add  art work or photographs to labels.  There is no rule that says you cannot draw on a quilt label with a coloured pen, or with paint.
I found labels at Connecting Threads that I could use.  I saved one to my desktop and then inserted it in a word document.  Then I inserted a text box, typed the information and played around with font size and type.  There are probably other ways to do this that I don’t know about.
You can appliqué on to a label or add something that is from the front of the quilt or something that is meaningful to you.
You can add a boarder that helps to make the label stand out on the back of your quilt.
I know someone who prints a baby’s picture on the label for baby quilts. 
Have fun with your label.
4.  Other Things to Consider
 The fabric does not have to be white but must allow the writing to be easily read.
Many online tutorials etc. suggest stabilizing the fabric with freezer paper when you are going to write on it.  I find the freezer paper can lead to smudging.  A piece of regular paper under my fabric works for me.
Make sure to set the ink.  Usually this is done with heat, i.e. ironing the finished label.  Check for any instructions on the products you are using.  Letting it cure, ie let it dry and forget about it for a day or two, also helps.
It is always a good idea to try the ink you are using on a sample of the fabric you are using.  If it is a quilt that will be washed, then wash the sample.
It is acceptable to label your quilt on the front as well as on the back.  Many fibre artists are signing their quilts the way an artist signs a painting.
Here are some links to sites with information about quilt labels.
This one is a forum with different people answering a question about the “proper” way to label a quilt.
Sandra Hamilton,


Making a Sleeve for your Quilt

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Our Promotional Material Quilts -- Members Quilts from our Last Show

Thank you from the Festival of Quilts committee, communication lead. What a pleasure to have so many beautiful quilts to use as artwork in our promotional material. The difficult part was choosing which ones to use!

Often I hear people say, when they see the ads... "wow, I can't believe that is a quilt".  Since I often only used sections of quilts, I thought lets post the entire quilt and to take the opportunity to  thank all the wonderful ladies who made them.   I feel we should share and celebrate our work with the outside world all year!  

For an enlarged photo of the quilt, please click on the picture.

2016 ANightOutNelms

2016 EclipseHrynew










 A Night Out by Nelms                                                   Eclipse by M. Hrynew

2016 NightOwlsOnThe TownRhoades

2016 MyLifeDanceLogan

My Life Dancing by K. Logan de Chavaz               Night Owls on the Town by E. Rhoades

2016 TheBestNIghtOutCote

2016 NiteOwlsNiteOut Arango








The Best Night Out by J. Cote                             Nite Owls Nite Out by L. Arango

2016 SevenSistersRobson

2016 snapshotsOHara

 Snapshots by M. O'Hara

                                 Seven Sisters by V. Robson

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Symphony Under the Stars by Hunter         Night Out on the Underground by M.                                                                                                            Devich


2016IceCreamAnd ParliamentHamilton








Bar Hopping by Bilan Wallace


             Ice Cream and Parliament by S. Hamilton

2016SteppingOutUnderThe Stars Carter

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                                 Amelia by C. Clendenning

Stepping out Under the Night Stars

 by E. Carter

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                           Houses by B. Ramsey


Horseplay by E. Montgomery  

                                                                 Lou Punko-Rest in Peace by                             Canola Fields by L. Gravells                            The Group of Seven


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2016 MusicBringsTheNightToLifeMireault








                     Music brings the Night to Life by L. Mireault


 Where is the Water? by J. Walton


 I hope in the coming months, as you start to complete your pieces for the upcoming show, you can share with me a few teasers as to what you are working on .... absolutely no names published and not enough to really know what it looks like, but enough to get us excited about what we will see June 3rd. I just might be tempted to go on a scavenger hunt.

Looking forward to seeing the new show quilts. I can't believe how fast the
time is flying.

Yvonne Bilan-Wallace  

Writing an Effective Artist Statement

Any quilter entering pieces into a show will be asked to submit an accompanying artist statement, and are often nervous about this part of their submission.

An artist statement is essentially an introduction of the art/quilted piece, without the maker being there. Your quilt has a story; it’s important to share this with the viewers.

With that in mind, here are a few tips to keep in mind when preparing your submissions to the Festival of Quilts:

  1. Keep it simple: Write your statement as if you were speaking to someone in person.
  2. Tell why you made it: You could explain your motivation, the subject matter or what inspired you to create your piece. You could also present any artistic or personal influences. What emotions are you trying to convey?
  3. Tell how you made it: You may want to include a bit of information about your artistic process or special techniques (keeping in mind that the show organizer may list the techniques used immediately following the statement)
  4. Tell what the piece means to you: You may want to include a personal statement of what the piece means to you. You can engage the viewer by asking a question or pointing out something specific that is important in the piece.
  5. Keep it short: Make it succinct and easy to read. Stay within the guidelines on the entry form (for example, if it says 75 words, keep it to 75 words!) You don’t need to impress anyone with language or concepts that are too complex.
  6. Get an outside opinion: Don’t be afraid to ask a friend for suggestions or editing!

In summary, an artist statement speaks to the viewer in the artist’s absence. Therefore, the artist statement should be short, concise and well written in a conversational language.

Here are two examples:
Example 1: Lit From Within
This piece is part of an inner secret place in my mind and is part of
a daily meditative practice using this particular shape. The spiral
helps focus my feelings and thoughts as they shift through my
head. For me there is an ancient quality to this work, as if it is
retelling and old story that has been lost in time and is emerging
again during my meditation.
Materials: Original design dyed on cloth.
Techniques: Quilted by machine, beaded by hand and colour
enhanced by Prisma coloured pencils.

Example 2: Crazy Cat Lady
Begun in a class with Susan Shie, this is a self-portrait of me and
my feline family. I adore the unique personalities and independent
spirits of my furry friends. Nothing is more soothing than a kitty
purring with contentment. Hidden in the background text are
stories about my cats as well as poems about cats by T.S. Eliot.
Materials: Setacolor paints, 100% cotton fabric and batt, cotton thread
Techniques: Drawing, painting, printing

-Susan Johnson and Pauline Kratky, 2015 Show Chairs

Festival of Quilts Information




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.



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.


A few ribbon winning quilts from the 2017 show....
  1. Art Quilt Large - Gypsy Summer by Betty Manuel
    Gypsy Summer by Betty Manuel
  2. Modern Large, computer-guided - Chic and Checkered by Laurrie Gerzanich
    Chic and Checkered by Laurrie Gerzanich
  3. Hand quilted - Hawaiian Pillow by Sylvia Courteau
    Hawaiian Pillow by Sylvia Courteau

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