The Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival is unlike any other in the world. Historically, this week long event is a living testimony to the spirit of this small SW Ontario village as it is completely run by local volunteers. In 2011 we presented the incredible "Quilts of the Netherlands" followed in 2012 by the "Quilts of Denmark". 2013 saw the Festival host "Quilts of Israel", followed by "Quilts of Great Britain" (2014), "Quilts of France" (2015) and "Quilts of Latvia" (2016).
This year, The Festival is proud to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial by hosting; "Canada 150; A Celebration of Art Through Fibre". Bigger and brighter than ever, the show will cover three venues including the Ailsa Craig Recreation Centre, Ye Olde Town Hall, Ailsa Craig and the inaugural opening of the historic Carnegie Library in Parkhill. A stunning combination of SAQA Quilts, Gerald Fagan Quilt treasures and historically significant heritage quilts and textiles from the surrounding area will be on display. We invite you to enjoy a light lunch or refreshment at the Quilter's Cafe housed in the Recreation Centre and to shop the stunning wares our vendors will display. Meander through the countryside by enjoying the North Middlesex Barn Quilt Trail en route to the Parkhill or Ailsa Craig venues. The show runs from June 8th - 11th, 2017. Daily operational times are 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and tickets may be purchased in advance at Home Hardware (Ailsa Craig) and The Currant (Parkhill).
Please join us in celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday and visiting our villages. We welcome you with open arms!
It's not for personal gain.
It's just for the love of fellow man.
It's that reward down in your heart.
It's that feeling that you've been part
Of helping others far and near
That makes you a volunteer.
Jan has lived in the village of Ailsa Craig since the early 1970's. She and her husband John owned and operated Benders Foodland in Parkhill until retiring in June 2015. Being involved and supporting the community has always been important to both Jan and her husband. Jan, as well as John, has been involved with the Quilt Festival since it was organized as a volunteer event. Jan continues to be involved as Food Committee Chair.
Although not a quilter, Jan remembers watching her grandmother piece many quilts. She is now the owner of several of her pieces and appreciates the skill and creativity that her grandmother had. Jan's creativity is expressed through her love of gardening, entertaining and her eye for detail.
Jan is honoured to be on the board and grateful for all the volunteers who help make this fine caliber festival a success.
Gerry moved to Ailsa Craig with his wife Marilyn more than 30 years ago in search of the less hectic country life. He is still looking. Presently the treasurer of the Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival, Gerry also serves on the board of Friends of Ye Olde Towne Hall and president of the local Lion's Club. Gerry is presently semi-retired working part time at Western University in London.
For more than 20 years Marilyn and Gerry have run Ailsa Craig Village Pottery, a pottery studio and unique gift shop in Ailsa Craig.