International Contest of the European Patchwork Meeting

by Mary Beth Krapil


Handi Quilter was proud to sponsor the top prize for the International Contest of the European Patchwork Meeting, held in Sainte Marie aux Mines, France. The show was Sept 14-17, 2017,  in a beautiful little town in the Alsace region of France. Each year, the show hosts an International Contest, inviting quilters world-wide to enter. The theme for 2017 was “Trip to the End of the World”. . The entries were truly international, coming from Spain, France, the US, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Israel, Switzerland, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Korea, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Japan.

Of 103 total entries, 38 were selected to be part of the exhibition. The jury consisted of 3 esteemed art quilters; Mirjam Pet-Jacobs of the Netherlands, Alie Dijk of the Netherlands and Luke Haynes, Handi Quilter Ambassador, from the US. The quilts were judged on four criteria: choice and harmony of color, interpretation of the theme, technical development and creativity.

Let me share a small selection of the quilts that were on display.

by Gabriele Voeller


Pieces of Memories
Chang Misun


Voyage en Orbite
Gabrielle Paquin


Mount Fitz Roy
by Rita Dijkstra
the Netherlands


Stargate. What’s Next?
by Edith Leidi


by Ursula Wilhsson Palmer


by Elly Van Steenbeek
the Netherlands


My Lonely Island
by Elke Klein


by Angela Minaudo


Ferveur de Pleine Lune
by Sylvia Rouffet Veronique


Emmenez-moi au pays des merveilles
by Eriko Krzyzaniak


No Return
by Anne Lillholm
the Netherlands


The awards ceremony brought a standing-room only crowd and the room was buzzing.

The winner of the 1500 Euro prize was:

In the Beginning
by Tatiana Varshavskaya

The award was presented by Handi Quilter’s Director of Global Development, Chuck Fresina. Tatiana was surprised and thrilled beyond words.  This is her artist’s statement:

You are three years old, and you are at the dawn of a journey with continents to conquer, and horizons to overcome. Free, without anchors and restraints, you venture forever in the infinity of childhood’s imagination. With a heart yet to grow, a courage yet to master, a journey yet to invent. You are three years old and you sail to the unknown with  paper boat.

I was inspired by this uplifting, positive approach to the theme.

Congratulations Tatiana! Well done!




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  1. Vonna Johnson September 25, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

    When I began viewing it was clear what spoke to me and what did considering your criteria. But, then there was the winner. Her quilt absolutely embraced the theme perfectly. A breathtaking view of the theme and a wonderfully positive statement by the artist. I loved it.

    Congratulations to all the winners – they are beautiful expressions of individual creativity I love to see.

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