By Mary Jackson
Fellow LINQS members!
As I write this I am sitting in the Open European Quilt Championships people watching. The journey here was easy. We flew to Amsterdam from Humberside and took the train from the airport to Eindhoven, about an hour and a half journey, then taxi to Veldhoven. Next year will be even easier, Humberside to Amsterdam, then to Maastricht where the hotel and conference centre are opposite the station.
For the last three days I have been looking at quilts, talking to people and indulging in a very small amount of retail therapy. Each morning I have woken up here in the Netherlands happy at the thought of looking at more quilts. I must admit that I am now tired but still very happy. The following picture is the view I have at this very moment.
Behind me are the vendors but all around the edges of the vendors halls and the show halls are more quilts on display from groups of artists from many countries. The area of the main hall you can see in the above picture is only a very small part of the whole.
The quilts are wonderfully hung, each suspended from the ceiling . The backs are on view as much as the fronts. I am not sure that I should be putting detailed pictures of other people’s work on our blog site without their permission so I have taken some general shots.
Yes, you must recognise ‘The Girl with the Pearl Earring’! The competition this year was ‘Old Masters.
The Starry, Starry Night won and deserved to do so. The categories were Traditional or Art, Challenge Theme or not. So simple. These were further divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The backs of the quilts are sometimes astounding!
We have to say that this is probably the best quilt show we have ever been to, even though it is not as big as Birmingham, from the way the quilts are hung, to the fact that art and contemporary quilts are perfectly acceptable! It is spacious and civilised and there is always somewhere to sit.
We have chatted to many quilt artists from all over Europe. Rosie hopes to get one artist who lives in Switzerland to come the UK but that’s a lot of planning. Her name Gietje van der Veen and you can find a link to her website on the right of this page.
While I have over here I’ve seen so much to inspire me, so many techniques I can consider using for DH. As Rosie has just said, there are only about half a dozen quilts here that we haven’t learned something from.
I have lots of photos for you to see when we next meet. Rosie has told the organiser about LINQS so here’s hoping!