For nearly twenty years the town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines has held a quilt show — billed in some places as Europe's largest quilt show — with exhibitions spread across venues in public and private spaces across the town and in two neighbouring villages in the valley. Each venue featured quilts from different countries, different teachers, different competitions, or different collections. This is a small selection of interesting quilts.
An Exhibition from the States was the collection from Ohio's Quilt National 2011
Mary Beth Frezon
|Cross My Heart|
The wonderful French quilting magazine Quiltmania sponsored a collection of antique chintz quilts from the States (POOS Collection belonging to Kay Triplett). They are mostly dated from the first half of the 19th century and are in superb condition.
The highlight of the day was an extraordinary collection of Amish quilts from the collection of Frenchman Jacques Légeret who lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana Amish communities, wrote down their stories for several books, and bought the quilts he was offered.
The local quilters of Val d'Argent filled a whole church with beautiful work. Much of it was on the theme A Journey to the Heart of the Forest, most appropriate to their forested valley. I could not catch the names of all the quilters who contributed to the display.
|Mélange et Déclinaison|
Les Amies du Mardi
|Au Coeur de la Foret|
Marie Claire Meyer
Bernina sponsored quilts from the members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA)
|If Leaves Were Blue|
Aurifil Threads sponsored an exhibition of work featuring architecture
|NYC la Nuit|
Monique Gilbert, a Belgian quilt teacher, exhibited the works of her students who were asked to interpret the work of artist Paul Van Hoeydonck in a project for her Crossroads Group
|Behind Prison Bars|
|Circles in Space|
U.K. quilters appeared in a variety of group exhibitions
Contemporary Expressions, a U.K. group from the Midlands, exhibited a marvelous collection of small wallhangings that were inspired by Kew Gardens
|Reach for the Sun|
The invited European "Guest Country" for this year's show was Denmark
|The War of the Worlds|
|Faroe Island I & II|
|Chaos and Order, Passage of Time|
And finally there was the shopping!