Monday, 31 May 2010

EQA Report from Mary Hunter

Hello everyone, I hope that you have been busy quilting and that your quilt for the National Exhibition is well on the way to being completed or at least like myself started.

So far this year we have had one exhibition under the European Quilt Association banner. Twelve quilts were sent to the Open European Quilt Championships (OEQC) in Veldhoven Holland. There will be a full report on this in the Autumn IPS newsletter along with photographs.

Do you remember the banner quilts that hung at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham last year and at the AGM? Well, we have another opportunity to hang these wonderful quilts again. This time they are all to be hung at the Minerva Art Centre by the Quilt Association. This group was originally formed in 1996 when a group of friends with an interest in patchwork and quilting decided to investigate the possibility of setting up a quilting centre in Mid Wales. The Quilt Association is best known for its annual summer exhibition, which takes place every year from mid July to mid September. This exhibition has gained a reputation for showcasing excellent contemporary works alongside a selection of antique quilts – drawn from collections around the country. Each summer there is a programme of related workshops. The Quilt Association also owns and manages The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes where it is based. So if any of you are travelling near Llanidloes it would be worth calling in to have a look.

The end of the IPS year is with us again, so until September have a great summer and don’t forget to finish the quilt for the national.
Mary Hunter,
International Representative.

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