France for a whirlwind week.

And what a week it was!

riquewihr

We stayed in Riquewihr which is unbelievably picturesque.

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It’s packed with day trippers who visit to admire the ancient buildings,

cakes

and sample the famous local wines and other temptations.

tents

We did all of those things of course but the main reason was to go to the quilt show. Carrefour European du Patchwork is a well established annual event that takes over 4 villages in an old mining valley in Alsace. The main venues and traders were in Ste Marie Aux Mines.

quilts

The venues range from purpose built gallery spaces, repurposed old buildings and several old churches. Nancy Crow curated the exhibit of large quilts that you can see in the image above – they made a bold and dramatic statement.

gallery

I’d been lucky enough to have a quilt juried into the international competition again this year. It was displayed in the large space you can see above along with the other 37 selected entries.

award

Following the judging, the awards ceremony took place in the same gallery on an incredibly hot and humid day.

me

Imagine my delight when I was called to the front of the room not once but twice! I was thrilled to receive the France Patchwork award from President Catherine Bonte and a few minutes later the Machine Quilting Prize from Nate Arneson, Director of Global Development for Handi Quilter USA.

paintbox2

We texted our daughters right away with the good news and I know Laura posted the quilt on our Facebook page but , just in case you didn’t see that, here it is without me blocking the view. The quilt is a digital print of my favourite watercolour paintbox. I used 36 colours of Madeira threads to match the colours of the image and free motioned stitched it on my Pfaff PowerQuilter machine. The machine stitching was done with the Cotona 50 threads and finally I added lots of hand stitch using Madeira Lana to represent the stains and pools of colour of my wooden paintbox and its porcelain palette. All the competition quilts will now tour for a year before returning home.

celebrate

Reason enough for a celebration with a bottle of the local Cremant don’t you think?

I have lots of photos of the exhibits and I’ll probably share some of them with you next time but if you are interested to see more professional images of the competition take a look at

www.patchwork-europe.eu

Thanks for reading my news today. Probably time for me to stop looking at holiday snaps and get back to business!

Love Linda x

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