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Book Launch

Alberta Quiltmakers and their Quilts – Sign-Up

FRAMS is proud to publish Alberta Quiltmakers and their Quilts by author and RAM curator Lucie Heins.

Friends of Royal Alberta Museum Society supports the Royal Alberta Museum in a variety of ways — most importantly through telling Alberta’s stories. From sponsorship to artifacts, we now add publishing. FRAMS is excited to announce the forthcoming book, Alberta Quiltmakers and their Quilts. At 175 pages, and fully illustrated in colour throughout, this book tells the province’s history through quilts held in public and private collections.

Expected book launch timeline:

  • We anticipate launching preorder sales of the book in fall 2021.
  • We expect general sales of the book to begin later in fall 2021.

For those interested in obtaining a copy of this new work or to give it as a gift, please sign up below.

More about Alberta Quiltmakers and their Quilts:
At 175 pages, this fully illustrated coffee table book tells the province’s history through quilts held in public and private collections. It includes 12 quilt stories and 12 quilt themes. The stories capture the lives of some early quiltmakers, through unpublished memoirs, diaries, family history books and archival photos. Themes such as What’s in a Quilt, Men and Quilts, Prizewinning Quilts and UnFinished Objects (UFOs) highlight numerous quilts, each with additional information about the makers. The stories and the themes provide not only the history of quilting in Alberta but the opportunity to discover Alberta’s history one quilt at a time. At last, Alberta quiltmakers have their place in history and on your bookshelf.

Author Lucie Heins
Photo credit: Karli Kendell

About the author:
Lucie Heins is the Assistant Curator for the Daily Life & Leisure program at the Royal Alberta Museum. She has a BSc.MA. in Human Ecology, majoring in clothing and textiles. Lucie has also worked on projects at the Textile Museum in Washington DC, and in Haifa, Israel, attending to the textile collection at the Baha’i World Centre under the care of the Department of Holy Places.

Lucie began researching the history of Alberta quiltmakers and quilts in 2010. The first three years, Phase I of the Alberta Quilt Project, was spent surveying Alberta quilters to capture 21st century quilting trends. Lucie presented the results of her research at the British Quilt Study Group Annual Seminar. It was subsequently published in their peer-reviewed journal Quilt Studies (2017).

For the following six years, Phase II, Lucie engaged 38 museums, throughout the province, to host public “quilt documentation” events to help capture the history of quilts. The research collected through this process informed her book, Alberta Quiltmakers and their Quilts, addressing the gap in Canadian literature on the history of Alberta quilts.