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In Full Bloom 2011
Floral Quilts in Memory of Helen Pearce O’Bryant

Magnificent flowers have motivated artists and gardeners for hundreds of years. This juried exhibit celebrates the tradition of floral quiltmaking and is in memory of Helen Pearce O’Bryant, the late mother of Quilts, Inc. Executive Vice President Nancy O’Bryant.


Barbara Chainey

Barbara’s particular speciality is traditional hand quilting & quilting design.  She has been teaching, writing, designing for more than 25 years, during which time she has encouraged & inspired quilters of all skill levels through her workshops, demonstrations & lectures.  She has six signature fabric collections to her credit and designs quilting stencils for Quilting Creations International.  Barbara’s first book The Essential Quilter is widely regarded as a classic reference as is her third book Quilt It!  Her most recent book was Fast Quilts from Fat Quarters.

Barbara maintains a busy local, national & international teaching schedule which has included judging at all major UK shows, judging & teaching in the USA, Johannesburg & New Zealand, teaching in Dubai, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi. She has also taught several years at the prestigious International Quilt Festival in Houston and Harriet Hargrave’s Machine Quilting Celebration.  Her current projects include writing a book with Australian quilter Lee Cleland, continuing collaboration with Oakshott Fabrics, new self-published pattern books and recording vintage quilt patterns.

You’ll find updates and more information on her blog http://barbarachaineyquilts.wordpress.com.


Irma Eskes & the group Kakelbont

Irma Eskes is a Dutch quilter from the start. She experienced the growth of patchwork and quilting in the Netherlands from close through running her shop, "Irma's Sampler", in Haarlem for years. Now she has time to make her own quilts with full dedication. Her passion is so strong that she shares it with many other quilters. In practice this leads to many beautiful and excellent technical quilts. With this group of quilters is Irma presented during the exhibition.

The group "Kakelbont" consists of 20 experienced quilters, who work traditionally with a modern look by pattern and fabric usage. It is patchwork by machine (that is after all Irma's thing) and in many cases mechanical American quilting with a long arm machine. The group has been working for years under the direct guidance of Irma and has become 'her group'.



Gabriele Christine Heinz - Pennsylvania Quilts in Miniature

My work is greatly influenced by contacts with the Amish and Mennonite quilt art during my residence in the United States.
I sew vintage miniature quilts by hand or machine from 1"=1' (1:12) scale to 2"=1' (1:6) scale based on traditional designs and quilt patterns from the 19th and early 20th century with an emphasis on Amish quilts from Pennsylvania.
Fabrics used are antique or aged, colour combinations and designs are used only once. Each quilt with its own character is hand sewn for collectors and dollhouse owners who value authenticity, detail and individuality in scale miniatures.
In order to give an insight view in 19th Century life of early quilt makers in Pennsylvania and to display the miniature quilts in a cultural context, my husband and I built a typical farmhouse from around 1890 in 1:12 scale.
The dollhouse with its detailed interior, quilts and people in authentic clothing will be on display at the OEQC 2012 and at other shows (see schedule under www.heidehaus.net) to allow visitors to travel into place and time of 19th Century American quilt making.

Website: www.heidehaus.net




Francine Flattard

For years, my wish had been to achieve sculptures, but this supple material requires a framework I had a difficult time finding. Every time I received a packet from India, however, its enigmatic contents, its natural dusty fabric, its coarse stitches, all that fascinated me and deeply moved me.
Indeed, here they were the sculptures I wanted to create, where Indian packets and the ball from my Basque Country meet. Sent and received like a message, like a parcel, like a ball, always with the textile as a protecting cover and not just fine decoration.
So, me too, I turbaned, wrapped up my first packets with white fabrics salvaged from the parcels and then black fabrics. The surfaces were marked by prints, the seams became folds, pleats, twists, the fibre was enriched by various waxes and sheens.
And these timeless blocks started looking like industrial remains or forgotten caskets where time has left its mark…

Website: http://francine.flattard.pagesperso-orange.fr




Bodil Gardner

I have been patchworking since the beginning of the 1980s but have never really thought of myself as a quilter in the traditional way, regarding my work primarily as ’pictures’. These pictures are for me an ’art of survival’ without which I would go to pieces in the monotony and stress of everyday life. Most of my pictures have a deeper meaning and have been months in the making. Usually I don’t sketch them, but plan them in my head and then let the design evolve as I discover interesting patterns and colours in my store of materials. When a finished picture pleases me (and my family, the severest of critics!) I may repeat the theme with variations in a series of works.  

I don’t buy new material, except for backing, but make use of the same scraps, off-cuts, old dresses, coverings and curtains etc., which were the original raw materials for quilt making. Over the years I have developed a style which appears to be unique and which now characterizes my work. I think of it as both naive and realistic – others have called it whimsical.

I make patchwork pictures for my own sake, hoping of course that others will like them and especially that they may be encouraged to exploit their own creativity.    



Signe Haugen

I was born in Bergen, Norway. For my whole life I have been doing art and craft. In 1985 I discovered patchwork. After a traditional start, I discovered colourwash and watercolour quilting in 1995. Since then I mostly make art quilts, both impressionistic and naturalistic. I paint and dye a lot of my fabrics, and lately I have used this fabrics for several collage-type quilts. I like to combine my other crafts in my quilting and often use handwoven pieces with a lot of texture. I have been teaching classes in Norway for several years, and I am a member of the Norwegian Quilters Guild. I also have been featured the French magazine Magic Patch. More info on my website: www.kjellerstua.no.



Dirkje van der Horst-Beetsma

Born in the North of the Netherlands.  I grew up with beautiful ,windblown skies and bright landscapes.
Inspiration comes from varied sources – words, photographs ,manhole lids, landscape and weathered doors.
The quilts are abstract.    Sometimes whole cloth
Free machine stitching is one of the techniques I use for my works and thousands of tinny raw-edged fabrics.
With my machine – and without using pins or glue – I stitch small pieces of fabrics directly onto the cotton or canvas. The same way that paint is directly applied to the canvas.
At the moment I have made a number of skies, based on the landscape I was grewn up : Friesland.


Reiko Kato

During high school she started quilting. She opened a quilt shop and school in Tokyo in 2001. The next few years magazines in Japan issued her work. In 2007 her book “Sue & Billy Pattern Book” is published by Quiltmania in French and she started to travel to France, Korea and Taiwan. The next years she explored Europe and in 2010 she went to the USA. Now she is famous and you are welcome to greet her and share her fabulous work at our Open European Quilt Championships.



Anne-Marie Pesser

In January 1997 I enrolled on about ten patchwork courses by a lady who gathered a ‘quilting’ group together with a friend, an activity leader. We made a traditional SAMPLER. Quite quickly I worked freely by interpreting personally – or even in a forward-looking way – the techniques I liked.

The grid in which the drawing is designed fascinates me. It is always the basis of my pieces of work because it allows me to create a quilt, even with a contemporary style. The square loses shape, stretches, narrows and then appear curves, movement, relief, nuances as well as subtleties of interpretation. I travel through styles, materials, colours and everything harmoniously combines as if by magic.

It gives me great pleasure to share this passion with my friends who are ‘quilters’ too. Their ideas are carried out over the meetings. The large quilts are our favorite work. To convey the quality of techniques and of finishing touches, to stimulate creativity or to adapt a piece of work according to the individual abilities, that is essential for me.



Shulamit Ron

Since childhood I have been involved in various crafts – knitting, sewing, and embroidery. As a young woman I studied Architecture and Town planning where I was introduced to the principles of color, design, and drawing. Quilting combines my love for craft and my art training as an architect.

Quilting for me is a place for self expression and the joy of creation. I dye fabric and use extensive embellishment with beading and embroidery.

It is important for me to express through my quilts the artistic and cultural heritage of my land – Israel. In this heritage I include Judaism, the Bible, and the art of the Holy Land and the Middle East. I am still exploring these subjects and feel that there is a long journey ahead of me.



Ans Schipper-Vermeiren

For forty years I created original knitwear for Shops and Magazines. But…. In September 1990 came the great revolution. Sheltering in a shop downpour, the front-cover of a Quilt magazine caught my attention: a bedspread made out of coloured patches of fabrics. The owner told me that it was a quilt, it was the first time I had heard the therm. Now twenty-one years and about 80 quilts later I am still enthusiastic. Geometric design have always been my preference. You can do so much with squares and triangles. All my quilts are designed by me and hand quilted. Everything on quilting is giving energy, self-confidence and happiness.


Carmela Zak

Carmela Zak was born in Tel Aviv and is living in moshav tzofit since her marriage to eitan Zak a native of tzofit.

She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Carmela has previously served in various administrative organizations and currently teaches creative art work in her studio at the moshav. For the past 7 years shae has been the chairman of the thimble association in Israel.

The landscape and life of the moshav, the changing of the seasons and the special bond with the city of Jerusalem have all contributed to Carmela's inspiration. Carmela paints the threads and material which she applies in her work thus creates special effects.

Carmela has exhibited her art work throughout the world and has earned various awards and many compliments.



Isabeau Reinders Folmer and Joes Meester

Our antique quilts are almost all produced around 1870.
We have scrabquilts: quilts made by a lot little pieces.
Further on two applique quilts and a beautiful amish quilt from 1960.
We also bring a quilt from the thirties and a blanket for a two person bed to which belong also a baby quilt.

In the book of An Moonen is a quilt published from about 1800, which we also exhibit.
You will see it is worth coming to have a chat with us.



Patchwork Gilde Deutschland e.V. - Deutschland Impressionen

The Patchwork Gilde Deutschland e.V. is very pleased to be once again invited to oeqc and it was a pleasure to create this exhibition. The title ‚ÄúDeutschland Impressionen‚ÄĚ unifies quilts from different categories. There are traditional quilts as well as contemporary quilts or Art Quilts, every quilter shows a quilt in her favourite technique or her actual textile work, the different sizes of quilts create a kind of tension in this exhibition. All 23 quilts together show as well the different possibilities in working with textiles and the great variety of textile art in Germany.


Beatrice de Wit-Messerli

Click here for a wonderful article about her in a newspaper (dutch article).
More information can be found on the website www.batice.eu.



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