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.