|Wikipedia says, "Quilting is a sewing method done to join two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material." Those of us who live in Alberta know that quilting is certainly more than that.|
Quilting is a culture that has been embraced for hundreds of years. Quilting bees bring friends and neighbours together to visit, spend time together, and share in their love of quilting.
If you missed seeing them during the Mountain View Arts Festival, not to worry, as there is still lots of opportunity for you to see more than 20 heritage quilts on display at the Didsbury Museum this month.
If you are from out of town and want to see the exhibits, click here for a brief story on each, including the story about the quilt to your right.
Lovina (Hunsperger) Biehn began sewing this quilt (1897-1899) while Isaac and his sons were occupied with horse drawn "Slip Graders", building the railroad grade to Winnipeg from Blue Earth City, Minnesota. Lovina filled the hours in her covered wagon working on this quilt, sewing these little squares together by hand.
Another special treat is to sit back with your tea on Wednesday, September 26th with the Alberta Quilt Society members. Those representing the Alberta Quilt Discovery Project were here earlier this spring, studying our quilts to see if they might fit in for an official documentation.
Documentation of a quilt includes:
* A detailed examination
* An estimate of its age
* A personal history of the quiltmaker
When quilts are documented, the information collected is shared with the Royal Alberta Museum and the Quilt Index, an international database of both historic and contemporary quilts. The Alberta Quilt Study Society aims to promote an understanding, appreciation and knowledge of quilt making and its heritage in Alberta and beyond.
The Didsbury Museum is located at 2110 - 21 Ave.