Tuesday, May 8, 2012

OEQC - 5th of May 2012

One of my favourite craft fairs that I try to visit each year is the Open European Quilt Championships in Veldhoven (Holland). It is a good mix of exhibition, championship and shops :-) Since three years they have changed the venue to a complex of a beautifull hotel with different meeting rooms.

Here's an idea of all the beautifull things I've seen. For me the two things I liked most were the quilts presented by the Egyptian tentmakers and the creations of Japanese quilters (like Yoko Saito and Reiko Kato) that are amongst the most refined ones in the world = lots and lots of work, details, stitching and beautifull features like crochet that they incorporate in their designs ... for me each of their quilts are true works of art.

Wildknitting at the entrance of the hall

A couple of my favourites (it's obvious I like the colour red :-)

The Egyptian tentmakers' quilts

The Japanese quilts

Of course there was time to do some browsing, admiring and of course shopping afterwards at one of the numerous booths with books, quilt fabric, yarns, ... ;-)

Stitching (especially cross stitch) will always be my first love, but I also want to explore the world of quilting, making smaller items like table runners and such (for the moment I'm not courageous enough to start a bead spread) ... so here's the stash I've acquired :-)

Already thinking of Halloween and Christmas ;-)

Ooooh ... I'm fond of those craft fairs! The things to admire, get inspiration, buy new items, ... :-)

Till the next time (probably with an update on Serengeti mandala)!


Anne said...

WOW! Those Egyptian tentmaker mandalas are so colourful and intricate!! I would love to own one of those to display!! The Japanese quiltmakers are amazing too with all that tiny detailing!! Lovely stash you picked up too :D

Yvon (jioya) said...

Dat ziet er prachtig uit.
Ik denk dat ik meer voor de Japanse quilt zou gaan, de kleuren zijn meer mijn ding, maar die uit Egypte zijn ook prachtig.

Je hebt leuke dingen kunnen kopen, succes ermee, ben benieuwd naar je eerste update.

Groetjes Yvon.

Carol said...

What a gorgeous show that must have been! I am so impressed with the intricacy of some of them--really incredible...

Glad you managed to pick up some stash, too, Ann... I think I have that exact bee fabric in my own stash :)

Carin said...

Wat een mooie foto's !!! En je aankopen zijn ook erg mooi. beide boeken heb ik ook, de quilted diamonds die ik nu begonnen ben zijn de dear jane blokjes maar dan in ruitvorm. De farmers wife blokken zijn gemaakelijker te maken dan de dear jane omdat die erg klein zijn. Ben heel benieuwd welke je als eerste aan begint en met welke stoffen !!