The 22 Quilts of the Exhibition Perfectly Summarize the Current Quilt Scene in Germany
As every year, numerous quilters from Germany accepted the invitation to take part in the “World Quilt & Textile (WQC)” competition organized by the American quilt show organizer Mancuso Inc. in 2016. All submitted works had been admitted to the competition and Brigitte Morgenroth’s quilt “Blattgold” was awarded the “Best of Germany” prize at the first stop of the show trip through the USA at the World Quilt New England in Manchester, New Hampshire, in August 2016.
After this debut, the entire exhibition travelled on to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in September 2016 and to the QuiltFest Oasis and Pacific International Quilt Festival, both in California in October 2016. At the end of the USA tour, the exhibition stopped at the World Quilt Show in Florida in January 2017.
Exclusive Joint Exhibition at the Patchwork Days in Fürth
I still find it important and exciting to show the works from Germany submitted to the WQC of one year as the crowning conclusion of their six-month journey through the USA in a joint exhibition in Germany.
After the Patchwork Days in Dinkelsbühl 2015 and the Nadeltwelt in Karlsruhe 2016, we again had the opportunity to present the works of WQC 2016 to the German quilters at the Patchwork Days 2017 in Fürth, Germany.
The expert audience came in large numbers and marveled at the six traditional and 16 innovative quilts of a total of 16 quilters from all parts of Germany (including one work from Lithuania) with great interest. Since quilters from the exhibiting group were on site every day, visitors had the unique opportunity to talk to the ladies personally about their work and to learn details and background information that would otherwise remain hidden.
Many of them gladly accepted the invitation to choose their personal favorites from these works. But we also often heard the statement that with so many outstanding works one could not or would not commit oneself to a favorite quilt.
Visitor’s Choice Award of the Patchwork Days 2017 Fürth to Claudia Scheja
Nevertheless, it quickly turned out that the Fürth audience had a huge favorite in the WQC exhibition: Claudia Scheja from Werne won the prize with her quilt “My Tree With Crows”! This beautiful work, inspired by a painting by Caspar David Friedrich, harmoniously combines traditional quilt blocks, thread painting and elaborate longarm quilting. I’d like to emphasize – because I’ve heard rumors to the contrary – that Claudia Scheja’s quilting on his piece was entirely hand-guided without any computer use! Dear Claudia, congratulations on a great quilt and the well-deserved prize of the Patchwork Days audience in Fürth!
Second place went to the hand-quilted wholecloth quilt “Aragonit” by Andrea Stracke from Holstein, followed by third place to the hand-sewn and hand-quilted work “Diving Bird” by Katrin Schroeder from Berlin.
Congratulations again to Andrea and Katrin!
Conclusion: The WQC as a Mirror of the German Quilt Scene
The visitors also agreed on another thing: The exhibition of the WQC 2016 quilts presented a meaningful cross-section of the current German quilt scene, both in the percentage distribution of traditional and innovative works, as well as in the spectrum of techniques and designs shown.
Following the patchwork days in Fürth, the WQC exhibition of the 2016 vintage was closed. Meanwhile all works are safe again with their owners – and the WQC 2017 is in full swing!