• creativa bruxelles



    For those who want to come to Creativa Brussels, here is a little preview from the day where everything is still ongoing: lots of cardboards everywhere, lights not yet as it have to be, stuff all around …
    But tomorrow, come and see how gorgeous those exhibitions will be!


    Pour celles qui viendront à Creativa Bruxelles, voici quelques vues des préparatifs, où tout est encore sens dessus dessous, des papiers et cartons partout, des lumières pas bien dirigées …
    Mais à partir de demain, tout sera prêt pour vous accueillir : de belles expositions de patch


    Voici les préparatifs d’une partie de l’expo avec les Dear Jane




    Une petite partie du stand de notre association Belge du Patchwork



    Presque en ordre…


    Et l’expo de France patchwork

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    Voici le lien (clic) pour savoir quels exposants s’y trouvent, les horaires etc. Sachez que dans le même Hall, il se trouve aussi le salon ArtisanArt où des artisans de tous types vous expliquent et vous montrent leurs créations-réalisations.


    À+ !!!


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  • patch seneffe

    Ce matin j’ai eu le privilège d’être un des membres du jury pour le concours organisé par le groupe de Seneffe et dont l’exposition s’est ouverte cette après-midi et durera jusqu’à dimanche.


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    36 quilts dans le concours, plus des dizaines d’autres forment une très belle expo, l’entrée est gratuite, cela se situe ici (clic) et il y a beaucoup de techniques présentées.


    En plus quelques stands le long du mur, un stand de l’association Belge du Patchwork (un des sponsors de l’expo), une cafétaria et la garantie d’être au sec ! Que vous faudra-t-il de plus ce weekend ???

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    Le concours : un premier prix avec des broderies d’une grande finesse, un beau choix de couleurs tempérés mais avec une touche de lumière quand même.


    Un numéro 2 qui était en même temps mon coup de cœur : un arbre sur un fond avec un beau quilting et de très fins détails brodés.


    Un autre coup de cœur … tout en lisières !


    Et vous voyez qu’il y en a dans tous les styles et pour tous les gouts !


    Et puis une expo en plus avec des ouvrages de groupe :
    de grands et petits quilts (levez aussi la tête !), classiques ou modernes, beaucoup de beaux détails en broderies, …


    Si vous n’avez rien de prévue ce weekend, une petite visite s’impose !!!



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  • National Quilt Happening Edingen 2012


    I was in Edingen Enghien today and can confirm you that this year the Belgian Quilters Association shows you an extraordinary exhibition … really worth to come over. We have >60 entries for the competition of page 23 & > 130 quilts of members of the entire country. Plus 15 shops and a cafeteria with delicious soup, sandwiches and pies

    Just look at these “appetizers” …

    The three winners in the eyes of the jury (the three winners from public votes will only be known Sunday evening)


    Frieda Abinet, Maria Galvez and Simone Baetens (from left to right) 




    Some other competition quilts









    Look how mine is well presented J





    Every day different demonstrations and the presentation of all the workshops that you can follow in our Midweek-WeekEnd- retreat of march 2013 (only a few are shown on this picture!!!)




    An overall view



    Some of the non-competition-quilts





    A selection of the mystery-quilt of our guild (pattern was published in the four editions of last year) – there will be a new one next year !!




    So … is this enough to make you come and visit???


    See you on the show tomorrow or day after!



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  • Festival of Quilts 2012 Part IV


    One of the last artists I loved the work and the special corner in the exhibition hall is Kate Dowty who with a background in graphic design, makes some wonderful quilts with a very textural surface. Starting with a landscape, and its seasonal changes, she uses a mixture of techniques and makes beautiful mural quilts with layers of fabrics threads and colors.

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    There were more galleries of artists, but when you are forbidden to take pictures, you cannot show anything on a blog ….



    Also we had also a lecture by Leslie Gabrielse,


    His words from his website (click)


    While a student at the Academy of the Arts in Rotterdam, I was exposed to many media and enthusiastically embraced all possibilities. I worked in ceramics, textile design, graphic arts and painting. I found handling textiles very satisfying, partially because as a child I was surrounded by many fabrics and the sound of a sewing machine because my mother was a fashion designer. Even though my material is fabric I consider myself a painter-draftsman always working with the interpretation between material and illusion.


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    During his lecture he explained us step by step, photo by photo, how he made his appliqued quilts, embroidered with perlé thread n°5. The whole creative process was explained in detail and in fact, he is a painter with fabrics. It was a fascinating moment and I felt so sad that so little persons did take time to hear him talking about his creativity and revealing his details. You could take pictures as much you wanted, and at the end he unfolded one of his last pieces: impressive! I bought his book (signed of course) and I ‘ve done a very good buy. I remembered the first time I saw some of his quilts was in the 199x in Brugge, Belfort, when there was the annual quilt exhibition from the UK that came abroad; couple of years before the Festival of quilts were started. It was a magic moment, because the Belfort is a very special location with a nice “atmosphere”. He was also in Veldhoven at the OEQC two years ago, see my article here.


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    One of his quilts was hanging in the NEC, at the exhibition of SAQA Masters Art Quilts volume 2.

    click on Masters 2 and you’ll see all the quilts from this travelling collection.


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    Another “classic” in the Festival of Quilts is the Diversity in Europe with one quilt of each member-country. This year Belgium chose a public winner of last year’s exhibition (corner right up in second pic hereunder)





    From the shops I’ll show you my dear friends of “Il était une fois” : here is Michèle Charvet on the picture and if you want to see more of her boutis it’s here,
    and more of the shop and the news on the blog, it’s click here. Of course you’ll see them in the Alsace next month!


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    My meeting with Chris Gray was wonderful; we chatted every day a little moment and had lunch on Sunday before we left. She’s a lady always full of energy and so much kindness: her blog is here     and from there you can go to her shop. At the NEC she was running between her stand and the workshops (all full and sold out)  she gave J.

    Look on the pic’s to all those little embroidery threads she dyed!


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    She presented her little houses in real (look in the middle of the pic)  and they are all wonderful.
     For the ones who didn’t make it to Birmingham: she’ll be at Sainte Marie aux Mines and know that the patterns of her houses are also explained in French and Dutch !!

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    An annual ‘rendez-vous’ is also the stand of the Cotton Patch of Birmingham with the fabrics of Rowan: all those colors and fabrics and models: Who wouldn’t like such a stand???

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    And a very special wall on a stand caught my attention: zigzags.

    Look at these stuffed little log cabins, all attached in the corners, isn’t it wonderful? The site is zigzagsonline.co.uk


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    And a newcomer – at least I never saw her at the FoQ : so refreshing, so fine work, so carefully displayed and the owner … well she was always smiling and working with her hook : I present you Woolipip. Her site (click here) is full of lovely little things she made.

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    So that’s it for today

    Next posting will be about two other shops, special meetings and a selection of the competition quilts. Because, don’t forget, the FoQ is first of all a giant competition of international quilting!

    Have a great weekend


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  • creativa bxl 2012


    Who is expecting a big exhibition at Creativa from our members quilts will be disappointed… we had only 12 meters … place for seven quilts.

    Plus that our stand is wide open. We have three meters depth which would be great for someone to show items like sculptures but quilts are hanging on a wall.

    We didn’t get side walls.

    We didn’t get an “iron armature” round the stand to hang up the light spots or to hang some quilts on too …

    So those seven quilts having spots just on their top … does not make grate pictures!

    The organization changed also our place in the hall and the size of the stand … in the last days ! They did it as well for a lot of other shop owners !

    here some views

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    Surprisingly the organization does not understand that the association has so much more to offer to their visitors … uncomprehensible…

    Nevertheless: enjoy your venue to Creativa, have a lot of fun, and come say hello to our volunteers at H15 
    and to me Friday late afternoon-evening



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  • SMM église de la madeleine

     I totally forgot to say that one of my quilts was exposed in the Belgian exhibition in “Eglise de la Madeleine” ….

    Nadine was so kind to take a pic (I didn’t make it to go there …)
    It was hanging near the organ, very high in the sky.

    Maybe now it’s been touched by an angel …


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    And here’s a closer view of the 1,8m square quilt


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    And this is taken in daylight where you can see all the colors of the silks like they really are. Only the black is cotton fabric.


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    With a lot of embellishments in lace, beads and pearls, ribbons and little prairie-points on top.




    and very soon,  we’ll have this annual event !!!!




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  • Veldhoven 2nd

    Do you know Margo van Strien ? I didn’t, till now. She made me smile with her funny little creatures. You can say: nothing special, but she was the only one with 3D-work and except from the lady where the gravity in this world did a bad job, I found the little animals cute. She’s also making quilts, and those shown were all in vivid colors.

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    And there was Pat Archibald … which works I saw already in other exhibitions. It’s always a joy to look at the finesse of her quilting and the use of colors to obtain those subtle changing colors.

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    And here … the exhibition I didn’t want to miss: INDIA

    There was a good catalog available for only 5€, which I bought.

    I took a few pictures for a global view, from the front of the quilts and from the back of the row, which was also interesting to look at.

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    So that will be it for this year … for my favorites of Veldhoven.

    See you Friday for the Défi’13!!! Let’s tempt fate of the 13th, especially because it’s

     Friday the 13th


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  • Veldhoven First impressions...

    First of all: A Belgian quilter, Laura Kuyken, one of our members of the BelgianQuiltAssoc., wins the Best of Show 2011 with her classical traditional “Double Wedding Ring with flowers”!

    She was very surprised, but no need to say that she’s worth it! It’s a wonderful work, nicely quilted, technical good sewing done, with her collection of fabrics with small flower prints.

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    A prize winning quilt I particularly love (for all the small tiny little details …) is this one from Gillian Travis from the UK: Washday Blues.

    Just have a look to the little embroideries she added above her quilting, to the tiny appliqued pieces … I found it stunning, also because of all the colors mixed into it.




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    I guess you’ll find the other winning quilts on different websites and also on the one of the OEQC  (click 

     So I’ll go on here with pictures of some others, those who left the championships without an award, but were (I’m sure) very close to the winners.

    This is Blue Flowers from Christa Strohmaier from Austria. It was very light, with a lot of translucent fabrics and yet so crisp. The stitching details were stunning.

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    And this big one: Graceful Dance from Janneke de vries Bodzinga from the Netherlands. She described Blue Dancing: a modern term used for a family of historical dances developed in Sub Saharan Africa. The dance can be done through one-on-one male-female and partnering. Almost two meters wide … impressive!

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    This is Green Valley from Tiny Koppens. It’s got a naïve look and lots of greens I like.

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    Here is Color in Motion II from Maria Reuter with a lot of stitching and many swirls which made it very ‘moving’ and on the right a quilt of Albertje Vording (dark blues). I’m not really a fan of violets (my picture shows unfortunately more grey-violet than it really is), but this one has got so many different soft tones of that color.

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    Then, why did I buy woolen tweedy fabrics? Because I saw these quilts …

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    For the lovers of Baltimore quilts … there was plenty to discover.
    Different walls filled with king and queen size quilts, all Baltimore appliqué from the US. Impossible to take them all, so here’s a very small overview…

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    As guest, there was also a Belgian quilter: Mieke Duyck. Had a nice chat with here, and I will not show the pic where she’s eating cake (and, by the way, I must tell you that the pies and cakes from the restaurant were delicious …), but this one in front of her quilt I preferred.

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    Tomorrow I’ll be back with some totally different stuff!

    have a nice evening …


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  • creativa


    So here I’m back home. After a moving return in Thalys, which was replaced by a tgv-train, and this is another type of train where the seat-numbers didn’t match the reservations done by the passengers … and with of course some delay … and with final destination Liège, but just before arriving Brussels, they said that the train won’t go further than Brussels, so passengers for Liège had to take another regular train to get home …

    I’m used to this now … I had my MP3 music, I had drink and food, I had a good book... and train-problems are becoming so "normal" to me....

    A very nice fair in Paris, very successful, all the new Prym-items were well received by the retailers and shop-owners, and if they are enthusiast, the customers, like you, will certainly be too!

    I’ll talk you later about those new items. First I’ve got to tell you about Creativa Brussels.

    I just came home from building up the exhibition of our national quilters’ guild. You can see this selection of gorgeous quilts during the next four days of the fair, and I can assure you that it is well worth to visit.
     We have a group from Lommel (de Tafgezellen) exhibiting their quilts and they are all very nice creations. The fine quilting, the beautiful designs, the wonderful colors, all are a joy for your eyes. At least if you come! o;-)

    There is also a quilt-exhibition from Salgarollo with Craft Corner and with Quiltmania in such a nice set-up!!!! A bedroom, a living, beautiful dressed tables… still under construction when I left, but already very promising. Don’t miss it, you’ll regret it.

    Second surprise: there are more patchwork shops than last year!!! And I saw already so many beautiful fabrics … it’s going to be hard to resist …

    I let you have a sneak preview here …









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