This month sees one of our favourite gatherings of the international patchwork community – the European Patchwork Meeting 2016 in eastern France. Starting on 14th September, the 5-day meeting is set to see an impressive 1200 quilts on show, with 38 exhibitions and 30 courses on offer for visitors. Over 22,000 quilt fans are expected to flock to the meeting. Here are our top 5 things to look out for at the show.
1 Look back at some patchwork legends
Quilting pros from around the world will be giving lectures and running courses the event. The Amish and American Quilts lecture by Jacques Légeret talk is one to watch out for – we never can resist delving into the quilts of past generations for inspiration.
2 Check out the competition
Every year the meeting sees an international quilt contest and this year’s theme is The Magic of Colour. We can’t wait to see what rainbow bright designs are on display.
For more quilt colour play, check out Amanda Castor‘s ombre quilt is in issue 38.
3 Don’t miss Sarah Fielke’s latest work
World famous US quilt designer and author Sarah Fielke will be exhibiting her new designs at the show. Her Old Quilts New Life quilts celebrate classic patchwork techniques, giving them a contemporary twist. Her Hearts and Flowers appliqué quilt and peaceful Ebb and Flow Medallion are not to be missed.
Some of our favourite quilts from Sarah Field’s online gallery at www.sarahfielke.com
4 Enjoy some Thread poetry by Malin Lager
We’ve long been fans of artist Malin Lager, who creates truly magical effects with stitches. She’ll be displaying two large montages of her work at the event – Lustrous Reflections of Venice and Sun Energy, but the work we’re most excited to see is her portraits series, using stitching to create amazing realistic photo portrait effects.
Malin Lager, Virve portrait
5 Brighten up with some colour improv
43 artists are coming together to play around with colour effects and patchwork in the Colour Improvisations II: coordinatrice exhibition, coordinated by Nancy Crow. We never tire of seeing what quilters’ can conjure up with colour, so this promises to be a high point of the meeting for us.
Connie Carrington quilt: Glimpse of my new country
And if this lot isn’t enough to keep you busy, did we mention there’ll be fabric shopping too?
The European Patchwork Meeting 2016 will take place Sainte Marie Aux Mines (birthplace of the famous 17th Century Amish quilting movement). Tickets start at just €14 for a day pass, children under 14 go free. Find out more at www.patchwork-europe.eu