This past weekend I finally had the chance to attend the European Patchwork meeting in France or Le Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork. Even though it was my first time here, it was the 23rd year for the event. I booked a hotel in Strasbourg and dragged my husband along for the weekend with promises of great French food and some sight-seeing in Strasbourg after.
So the show actually takes place in 4 villages in the Val d’Argent area of the Alsace which was only about an hours drive southwest of Strasbourg. We concentrated our time in the village of Sainte Marie aux Mines. There were 9 exhibition sites throughout the lovely little town as well as a huge vendor expo area. The exhibition sites were churches and other public buildings so, for me, it was a unique way to see the quilts.
The only drawback was that parking was hard to find with people streaming in from many different countries to these little towns. We circled the town and were only able to find parking back at exhibition site #1 which felt like it was about 10 kilometers from the rest of the exhibition sites. It wasn’t a problem when we got there and headed through town to see all the other exhibition sites but when we were finished and had to walk back to the car it was pouring rain and we were tired.
One of the featured exhibitions at this show were some Amish quilts. It seems this area in Alsace is where the Amish started out way back in the late 1600’s/early 1700’s (I learn new things all the time). Of course we know that they were later kicked out and landed in America where they became famous for their quilts (as well as other things).
The Amish quilts were displayed in an old church.
Another interesting exhibit was of Ian Berry’s denim art. Ian is a British artist who uses denim to create works of art.
I’m so glad I got to see them up close because I had seen his work in a magazine and thought it was applique since he is often lumped in with quilters. It’s not applique but layered fabric. Definitely textile art and more 3D than it comes across in photos. Really cool stuff.
It always seems like the European quilters are into very modern designs and interesting concepts.
There were lots of interesting “quilts” to look at.
I thought this one was fun. Traditional blocks on the right give way to something fun and different on the left.
It was a fun weekend in France and I’m so glad I finally made it to the European Patchwork meeting.