The European Patchwork Meeting, September 15 – 18, 2011 in the Val d’Argent, Alsace, France
The 17th European Patchwork Meeting or rather the « Carrefour » as everybody calls it, is over since 3 days now and the villages are getting back to normal.
This edition was probably one of the best with a variety of exhibitions, a balance between traditional and contemporary quilts.
Over 1 000 quilts were displayed in 4 villages – some in churches, some in beautiful buildings.
The Quilt National brought a super selection of its 2009 contest to which Kathleen Dawson and Andrea Lewis added some pieces of the very 2011 contest.
Katie Pasquini Masopust and Sue Benner were thrilled to exhibit together their latest work, some of them being made especially for the Carrefour; needless to say that they had a lot of visitors discovering the beautiful paintings on canvas for Katie and the superb collages for Sue.
In the same venue, Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix from Switzerland was showing her new creations and the German group QuilTEXsenz surprised us with the works of 5 artists occupying each 5 running meters!
On the traditional side we were very pleased to see the beautiful old Dutch quilts in an exhibition curated by Ann Moonen the renowned Dutch collector and specialist of Dutch quilt history.
The French Quilt association, France Patchwork was also showing a wonderful exhibition consisting in reproductions of old quilts made by their members – traditional way, managing even to find fabrics very close to the original ones. Stunning results! Besides, they were also showing surprising avant garde “Artexture” pieces, that have little to do with patchwork and quilting.
Annette Gero from Australia enabled us to discover beautiful “Waggas” and old Australian quilts, her guided tours as well as her lecture giving us the opportunity to know more about the history of quilting in Australia.
Israel and Belgium were the two countries guests of honor.
1000 quilts, 21 sites in 4 villages, it will be difficult to mention all the exhibitions here, but you may visit the Carrefour site www.patchwork-europe.com and discover all the events that took place there such as lectures, classes etc.,
Sewn was very present and a lot of people were interested by our community and are eager to join.
There was a tombola organized with a daily draw with the opportunity to win 2 “Liberty” bicycles a day! Believe me, it has been a great success; we didn’t count the number of participants, but are sure that very shortly our “community” will become more and more important! We also hope to receive your comments and suggestions!
We are much honored that Katie Pasquini Masopust and Sue Benner accepted to talk to us about their work and we will be very pleased to share this interview with you very shortly.