There is a lot more to quilting than one might think — they provide a peek into the past. So the Galt Museum has been presenting a special series geared towards quilting aficionados, or to satiate curiosity about quilting for those new to it.
The last presentation of the series is May 17 at the Galt Museum
featuring Lucie Heins, assistant Curator of the Royal Alberta Museum.
She will be bringing the Alberta Quilt project to Lethbridge, which
examines heritage quilts made in Alberta or brought to the province by
immigrants in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and
examines quilting in the twenty-first century.
The project began by documenting contemporary quilters to capture the current trends in quilting and surveyed Alberta quilting guilds, groups and individuals. The project, presented with the Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild, takes place May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Galt Museum.
“I’m here to unravel some of the mysteries of the quilt world,” said Dawn Hunt, who hosted the first two seminars. The first one covered the overall history of quilting, the second, CSI Quilt, went into more depth about how quilts can be a conduit into history over two sessions, April 5 and April 7.
“Women weren’t allowed to take classes or go to school, so quilting was how they expressed themselves,” she said.
“‘Some are passed down from daughter to daughter,” she said.
She said you can tell a lot about history by examining quilts. Popular patterns, stitching techniques and even the type of dye used can tell a lot about the era where the quilt came from.
Salesman’s fabric swatches from the day also tell a lot about a quilt as they often reflect the popular styles of the day.
Sometimes they get lucky and find a date on the quilt, either on the back, or worked into the quilt itself.
“ We do a lot of research so the quilt can tell us the story,” she said.
Sometime the quilt itself tells a story, reflecting the life of it’s creator and their family as they are often passed down through generations