The past few weeks have been fairly hectic and I’m now home for only a few days to turn around and get ready for Quilts UK at Malvern next week. Last week was the much-anticipated trip over land and sea to the Open European Quilt Championships at Veldhoven. Judging, teaching and demonstrating alongside an exhibit of some of my vintage quilts and some of my Tentmaker pieces, plus LOTS of quilts and traders to enjoy, an excellent hotel (and food!) and many lovely quilters to meet – how hard can it be?? You can find videos from the show and all sorts of other goodies over on the OEQC website – do go and take a look for yourself, and perhaps make a plan to visit next year.
Here’s a detail of what, for me, was one of the outstanding quilts in the show – “Serpentin“, a wonderful wholecloth that was pretty near perfect in every way, and an equally wonderful surprise when I discovered that it was made by Andrea Stracke. Andrea and I first corresponded with each other way back in 1993 or 1994 I think, shortly after “The Essential Quilter” was published, and it has been a great pleasure to see her work at UK shows.
The detail and workmanship on Jane Rollason’s quilt ” Elizabethan Flowers” was pretty good too –
Then there was a quilt from the inimitable Sandie Lush – ” Whig Rose”
A really quick glimpse of just a few quilts in the championships –
A charming detail from Sheena Norquay’s sampler
I did manage to acquire a few fabrics –
(- some of these are from the last visit to Cupcake Cottons in Burford just before I left for the show. Thanks for a great day, Jackie & Steph, I’m looking forward to next year already!)
One of the features of the OEQC show is the number and diversity of guest collections. Two that were very popular were from Reiko Kato and Joes Meester & Isabeau Reinders Folmer
My Judge’s Choice was “Hommage a Monet” by Hilde van Schaardenburg
It was fun to see the Dutch edition of Essential Quilter for the first time –
and to see some of those quilts from the cupboard on display.
The last day of the show I was teaching Tentmaker applique and was so busy I almost forgot to take pictures –
And if I don’t stop now this post will be far too long and I will be even further behind with the preparations for next week.