Artistic Visions Quilt Show


The 2024 Visions Show closed on March 24th.  Twenty-four original art quilts by our guild members were on display as well as our raffle quilt, and various Community Outreach initiatives.  Over 1100 people visited the show over the three weeks.  We received many positive comments on the creativity and quality of the art on display.  Through the sale of postcards and raffle quilt tickets, and donations at the show, money was raised for our guild and its community outreach work.

Viewers had an opportunity to vote for their favourite quilt.  First place went to Erin Jolly for her quilt called ‘Bernard’.  It depicted a Woodland Bison made through raw edge applique using hand dyed, batik, commercially printed and reflective Japanese kimono fabric scraps.  Erin said “After returning to Alberta after many years away, I feel a renewed sense of place and connection to our amazing province.  Bison like Bernard are iconic of our local history, wilderness and wildlife”.

Our second-place winner was Lynn Cooper with her art piece titled ‘Reflection of a Flat Bottom Boat’.  Lynn said “I found this free photo by Tom Danshen online and fell in love with it.  I copied the photo with some challenges to a fabric sheet.  Then I used fabric paints and watercolour pencils to create a reflection effect and finally machine quilted the piece to create more depth”.

Stay tuned for our next Visions show which will be in March 2025.

A Little History

The guild’s first original quilt art show was held in 1999 at the Canmore Library Gallery. It ran for ten days, breaking all prior attendance records for the gallery.

What Is an “Original Art Quilt”

  • The design is your own idea
  • Shows originality, artistry, creativity and imagination
  • May use any style or technique to express your design
  • May be inspired by another work, as long as it is an interpretation, not a copy
  • Can contain elements of published work (e.g. a block or border idea) incorporated into your original design
  • Can use techniques developed by others (e.g. fusing or improvisation) but cannot copy a quilt used to demonstrate the technique
  • Can be started in a class or workshop but must have significant elements of your creativity to make it different from what the instructor or your classmates helped you with
  • Must be a “quilt”- three layers sewn together
  • Ultimately, we rely on you and your honesty in saying it is original

Potential Sources of Inspiration

  • creativity is not a gift that some people have and others don’t
  • silence the inner critic- ideas evolve- ispiration leads to more inspiration
  • inspiration from the theme
  • inspiration from works of art- Kandinsky, Picasso, VanGogh, Miro, Mondrian
  • collaborate or work with someone else
  • be inspired by a photo or landscape
  • create an abstract design- creative use of colour, pattern, texture, line
  • print an image on fabric- change it embellish it
  • improvisational design- just start and see where it leads
  • can use mixed media (paints, paper, metal, etc) use of embellishments


VISIONS 2023 Peoples Choice Winners

The 2023 Visions show closed on March 26th.  Thirty-three original art quilts were shown and over 1350 viewers visited the show.  The guild received many positive comments about the show and the quality of the work displayed. 

The winners of the Viewers Choice awards for the 2023 Visions show were recently announced.  First place went to Jillian Roulet for her quilt of a dog called ‘Namaste’.  Second place went to Lorie Jocius for her quilt entitled ‘For my Dad Who Abides Amongst the Stars’.

Jillian’s quilt was hand appliquéd and machine quilted.  She provided the following information on her quilt. “This quilt was partly done and marinating on a wall in my studio for a little while.  Well, okay….since 2011!  When trekking in Nepal I saw a lovely, clean, white, dog sitting in the entrance to a tea house.  He looked like he was greeting all the people who passed by.  I started this piece in a course by David Taylor of Colorado.  I found the face a particular challenge, so the quilt was temporarily abandoned.  I decided to tackle finishing the quilt for this Visions show.  I have named the dog Namaste which is a greeting of respect in Nepal.”

Lorie’s quilt is an original design, free motion quilted on a mid-arm machine using a variety of quilting materials and 3-D additions.  Lorie provided the following information.  “Years ago, I was working on a star quilt while caring for my ailing Father.  When he died on January 29th, 2000, I mourned, placed a quilt square in his pocket, and then put away the pieces of that unfinished quilt.  Twenty years to the day of his death, I accidentally found the pieces and decided to create a quilt in memory of all the joy, love, fun and moments of colour and courage that he gave to me.  It now hangs over my bed and serves as a guiding star.
No Visions Art Show was held in 2022
Virtual Visions 2021

The theme was  2020: A Year to Remember
The theme was open to interpretation.
The size was restricted to 12 X 12 inches.

2021 was a virtual show due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Visions 2020: March 21 to April 7 – CANCELLED

In light of the COVID -19 pandemic the Mountain Cabin Quilters Guild gallery show, Colour Speaks – Visions 2020 was cancelled.  






Visions 2019: “Skylines” March 20 – April 16

                                                                                                                            Viewer’s Choice    

Wylie’s Favourite Spot
By Connie Payne








Visions 2018: “Doors” March 2- 20

                                               Viewer’s Choice

Archway at Scotney Castle
By Pamela Yonge









Visions 2017: “Canada My Home”  March 25th to April 11

Viewer’s Choice

Retreat in Chinook Country
By Cecile Lafleur








Art Quilting – “You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

Article by Lynn C., art quilter, Canmore, Alberta

Like the introduction, art quilting has come of age over the last 50 years. Although there have been quilts that have been considered works of art throughout quilt history, the evolution of art quilting has been very challenging.  For generations, quilts were not considered works of art but rather “craft items” and then were often referred to as “women’s work.”

As women fought for equality in the 60’s the art quilt world was born when several well-known American artists, several of them females, started using fabric as their medium.  Over the next fifty years adventurous artists brought new creative designs and techniques to traditional quilting.  The art quilt movement has fought a challenging battle for acceptance even within the world of quilting.

In 1961, the Whitney Museum of American Arts seminal exhibition Abstract Design in American Quilts introduced the concepts of quilts as objects of art to a national audience for the first time.  In the mid 70’s individuals like Nancy Crowe and Michael James were the prominent artists working with quilts as their medium.  The first Quilt National exhibition in 1979 created a venue for the increasing interest in art quilting all over the world. Many of the artists who displayed their work at Quilt National next took their quilts and techniques to share with quilters in Europe, Canada and Australia.  The world of art quilting thus became a movement. The world of quilting today graciously includes both art and traditional quilting.  Contemporary quilters continue to evolve and inspire others.