Friday, September 22, 2017

And the Rest of the Show...

Three days was barely enough time to see everything at the European Patchwork Meeting quilt show, and one post was not enough to share all the pictures I took! Today you will get to see the most recent edition of the Quilts de Légende—an exhibit that I probably would have missed had I not chatted with a lovely lady from Wales. You will also get to see some of the unique textile art that was displayed from many different places around the world.

The Quilts de Légende exhibit was one of my favorites exhibits at Houston last year, and you can see those quilts and read more about them here. I had no idea that the new exhibit would be at this show, so I had a hard time containing my excitement when I found out. These exquisite quilts are all made completely by hand and must be inspired by an antique quilt.

India Mosaïca
Dominique Husson

Médaillon Et Sabliers
Colette Bourgain
Inspired by a Dutch medallion quilt

Ewa Guérin
Inspired by an old quilt top from Iowa

Aline Joulin
Inspired by an American quilt in the
Grand Rapids Public Museum, Michigan

Detail: Ogeechee

Vase de Fleurs et Roses Grimpantes
Michèle Beugnon
Inspired from a quilt from the POOS collection
owned by Kay Triplett

Detail: Vase de Fleurs et Roses Grimpantes
The choice of fabric and quilting
made this flower seem 3D
A line of quilting in red encircles the center

Maryvonne Marmion
Inspired from an old Ohio quilt dated 1891/1911

Detail: Vagues
Each triangle is only about 1"

Bleu de Prusse
Will Widnic
Inspired by an old English quilt circa 1830/1840

Be still my heart! I adore this blue!

Military Coverlet
Isabelle Muzeau
Inspired by a military quilt from the Nova Scotia Museum

Maude Devesly
Inspired by an 18th century Welsh quilt

Detail: Millefiori

Marie Henriette
Martine Crabe-Lanux
Inspired by an American quilt from the Shelburn Museum

The details of this quilt are charming!

Love the pups in this quilt.
This exhibit was one of my favorites, as the detail on each quilt was inspiring, magnificent, and mind-blowing. While this was spectacular, there was much more to see and enjoy. A favorite of many was the exhibit by Ian Berry, a British artist, who uses jeans to create stunning works of art. The detail he creates with varying shades of blue in denim is amazing.

A self-portrait of the artist

It was fun to see school groups enjoying this exhibit and others!

We had to travel through the towns, following the well-placed signs, to reach each exhibit. One of the local churches was dedicated to a display honoring the Amish roots of quilting along with some excellent examples of Amish quilts.

There was such a variety of textile art; something to appeal to everyones creative taste. Here is just a small sampling of the variety displayed in the various villages.

White Pine: Titan of the Shield
Janet Elliott

Detail: White Pine: Titan of the Shield

Monarch Migration
Barbara Lange

A stunning quilt all done in silk

Hana, Jo
Korean Bojagi Forum

La Petite Roumaine
à la manière de Matisse
Smaranda Bourgery

This was originally part of an actual garment.

Isabelle Cluzel

Detail: Zealandia

These next few pictures are from an exhibit by Lea Stansal of France titled "Embellishment Embroidery."

Love the embroidery on patchwork


The charm of French villages, all things textile, and a few French pastries for good measure—this quilt festival was phenomenal from beginning to end. Did I mention the vendors? Let's just say I parted with a few euro last weekend, but it was worth it. Sometimes I had to think hard about what language I should attempt to speak, but thankfully oohing and aahing over fabric and threads needs no spoken language.

The Dutch Heritage booth
The lovely ladies Petra Prins's booth

People from many different countries were represented here, all to be joined by a love of creating. The CEO of the event wrote an introduction for the festival program, and I'd like to leave you with a portion of what he wrote:

"Quilts and textile creations are evidence of human know-how over the ages. The emotion is present as well as the story woven in each of its threads. Indeed, one does not make a quilt without intention. It is created to express dissatisfaction or rapture, history or deep feeling. It is a way to express oneself through art without words. Finally, it is a medium to leave an imprint."

Claude Abel
CEO SPL Évènementiel en Val d'Argent

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The European Patchwork Meeting: Antique Quilts and Mary Koval

One of the four picturesque towns that takes
 part in the European Patchwork Meeting.
As I have discovered, living in Germany has quite a few benefits—besides the excellent beer, bread, and bratwurst. One such benefit was only living two hours away from the European Patchwork Meeting, in Val d'Argent, France. This quilt festival began 23 years ago as an homage to the Amish movement that began in the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, and with that movement, the heritage of Amish quilting. The festival is dedicated to all forms of textile art—antique, contemporary, or traditional. What is unique about this quilt exhibit is that buildings in four small towns are transformed into galleries to display more than 1200 textile works.

Beautiful scenery everywhere we looked.

When I found out about this quilt show, I put out the call to a few friends to see if they would be willing to share the cost of an Airbnb and spend a few days in France. Plans were made, lodging found, and off we went! Thankfully, we planned to stay for three days, and it was a good thing because there was so much more to see than I could have imagined.

Upon entering the first venue to receive our wristbands and programs, I was delighted to see that Mary Koval would have an exhibit. Last winter, Mary was going to speak at the Baltimore Appliqué Society; however, snowy weather postponed her lecture and trunk show. I was very disappointed that I wouldn't be able to see her, as I would soon be moving out of the country and wouldn't be around for the re-scheduled date. What a wonderful surprise to not only see some of Mary's collection, but to also spend a little time chatting with her. It was also slightly surreal to have this happen in France! 

Mary Koval with a few of her quilts

Piece by Piece, Our Life with Quilts was the title of the exhibit and is also the title of her new book available this November from Quiltmania. Seeing these quilts up close in such a wonderful venue was a special treat, and without further ado, I will share them with you!

The quilts were displayed in an elegant theater.

Maryland Album Quilt
Grisfield, Maryland 1850

Detail: Maryland Album Quilt

Detail: Maryland Album Quilt

Triangle Pieced Quilt
Berks County, Pennsylvania 1870

Detail: Triangle Pieced Quilt

Center Medallion Floral Appliquéd Kaleidoscope Quilt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania 1870

Detail: Center Medallion Floral Appliquéd Kaleidoscope Quilt

Mary Jane Carr Quilt
Columbia, Pennsylvania 1840

What an absolutely charming quilt and hands down my favorite! 

What a beautiful fussy-cut rose


Pickle Dish Quilt
Columbus, Ohio 1920

Fleur de Lis Quilt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Never thought I would see a dog at a quilt show!

Album Quilt
Pennsylvania 1910

Eagle Folk Art Quilt
Berks County, Pennsylvania

A beautiful crazy quilt.

After viewing the exhibit, I went over to Mary's booth to say hello and tell her how grateful I was to have been able to see the collection, after missing the opportunity last winter. We got to chatting about some of the quilts, especially the crazy quilt, and she showed me some crazy quilt pieces that came with one of the quilts she had bought. What a bonus!

I really had to keep pinching myself throughout the day, checking to see if it was real—looking at antique quilts in France and chatting with Mary Koval. It was a day to remember, for sure, and that was just the first building! 

With 21 buildings of exhibits and vendors, there is just too much to share with you in one post. Tomorrow I will share the new Quilts de Légende exhibit, the amazing Ian Berry and his jean art, and many more examples of the wide variety of textile art displayed at the 23rd European Patchwork Meeting.