Monday, December 31, 2007

1st Prize at European Quilt Championship

We were surprised and honored as the competition was so stiff, that our "Little Amsterdam" quilt won the 1st prize in the long-arm quilting category at the European Quilt Championship in Waalre, The Netherlands in October 2007.
For four days visitors could enjoy the exhibition of patchworks from European quilters, stroll around the patchwork shops and look at the exhibition of the special guests, the Hungarian quilter, Eszter Bornemissza and the Dutch Henk van Kooten.
You can see the photos of prize winning quilts at the following website:

Here we are in front of our quilt in Waalre.

I think quilt exhibitions/competitions, like the European Quilt Championship play an important role in the European patchworker's community, especially now that the European Quilt Expo ceased to exist. In a way they can take over the role of the Quilt Expo. It gives opportunity to see other quilters' work from all over Europe and gives a boost and inspiration to quilters. I would encourage every quilter to dare to submit their work to competitions, to share their patchwork with the quilters' community. The deadline for the next EQC is the 15th January 2008.


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Little Amsterdam - Our First Work+

Here is our first work, as North Sea Quilters: Little Amsterdam, which was designed in mind of creating a keepsake about The Netherlands, that we would all like to take home, once we move to another country. We incorporated the images of the canal houses of Amsterdam with the colors of the Delft Blue china. The houses are made after existing houses along the canals of Amsterdam.

We are very proud of it and we received a lot of positive comments, but the real test will be next week, as Little Amsterdam is entered into the European Quilt Championship in Waalre in The Netherlands.

If you would like to see this quilt, you can visit the European Quilt Championship in Waalre, from 25-28th October.