The Quilting in the Badlands Outdoor Quilt Show will be taking place in downtown Drumheller on July 5th.
The Quilt Show will include a showcase of talent from local quilter Corinne Hewitt, live entertainment at a variety of locations, a barbecue sponsored by the Elks 54 Lodge, and many other exciting events. The show will go from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. all over downtown Drumheller area.
The ancient art of is being embraced by all types of people in Drumheller, even tattoo artists.
Tara Semchuk, owner of Bit’s & Pieces Keepsake Quilting, knows this all too well because she convinced local tattoo shop owner Geoff Bourrie and his fellow artists to embrace the dynamic practice and create a quilt of their own in support of the Outdoor Quilt Show she is hosting on July 5.
“These guys have totally different interests and yet they have bought into the quilt show and the dynamics around it,” said Semchuk.
Bourrie knows this is something different for him, but wanted to show his designs in a new and interesting light.
“This is not something we would normally do, but I thought it would be interesting for our street style to do something like this,” said Bourrie.
Semchuk was not surprised by their willingness because she knows quilting can be for everyone.
“Everybody that comes into my shop has different techniques and different passions, nobody is the same, it’s just amazing,” said Semchuk.
For Semchuk one of the major universal qualities of quilting is the feeling of achievment you get after finishing a quilt.
“Quilting gives you a great sense of accomplishment, your heart and soul goes into the things you make and then you pass that on to others,” said Semchuk.
Semchuk has been running Bit’s & Pieces for just over a year now, and for many locals it has been a nice convenience to have such a high quality quilting shop right in town.
“This shop has been a real blessing because we used to have to go a long way to get the quality that Tara has,” said local resident Marilyn Kopjar.
Semchuk has received lots of support from downtown businesses for her Outdoor Quilt Show which will display hundreds of quilts from all over Alberta. The quilts will be hung from roofs, balconies, store fronts and porches all over downtown.
For more information you can contact Tara at 823-5828.