Tuesday, August 11, 2009

15th Annual European Patchwork Show

Each September, Alsace (the region of France that borders Germany) becomes a focal point for thousands of quilters from all over Europe. For four days, quilters feast their eyes on 800 textiles from five continents at the Annual European Patchwork Meeting, held in Sainte Marie aux Mines, France. An exhibit of Amish quilts is part of the huge array of traditional and contemporary work. (The Amish movement was founded in Sainte Marie aux Mines in 1693.)

The show, which takes place this year from September 17-20, 2009, spreads over 14 venues in four small towns, and is one of the most famous quilt shows in Europe. This year, other exhibits of interest include textiles and garments from the Miao culture in China, hand-embroidered handkerchiefs created by the Hazara women of Afghanistan, and 15 quilts from the Gee's Bend quilters. To learn more about this quilt event, click here.

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