Exhibition of the German Participants at the World Quilt & Textile (WQC) 2016 at the Patchwork Days 2017 in Fürth, Germany

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!

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Images From the Exhibition at the Patchwork Days 2017 in Fürth, Germany

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World Quilt Competition 2015 – The World to Visit in the Form of Quilts

World Quilt New England

When you enter the exhibition area of World Quilt New England, you will be immediately awed by the abundance of fantastic quilts from all over the world that come together there. Among them are those quilts that have been approved by the jury to participate in the World Quilt Competition. Each year, these quilts form a wonderful collection of artworks, which does not make it easy for the jurors to award the “Best of Show” prize. The competition in 2016 will also be no exception!

The first stop of the “World Quilt Competition XX” will be the World Quilt New England, where we will again be guests at the “Radisson Center of New Hampshire” in Manchester from 18 to 20 August 2016. The prizes will be awarded at this first event of the series. From New Hampshire, the international quilts as well as the award-winning quilts from US participants will travel to other quilt festivals in other parts of the US hosted by Mancuso Show Management. Don’t miss this opportunity to personally marvel at the creativity and talent that this international collection expresses in a beautiful and culturally specific way!

This international quilt competition is already being held for the 20th time and attracts participants from all over the world. At the “World Quilt Competition 2016” quilts from Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain and the U.S.A. will be competing for the prize money with a total value of more than $9,500. A “Best of Country” award will be presented among the entries from each country. The winner of the coveted “Best of World” award will be chosen from all submitted works. All visitors to the World Quilt New England can also vote on who will receive the Audience Award.

Following their World Quilt Competition debut at World Quilt New England in New Hampshire, the international works and award-winning quilts by US American quilters will be exhibited at the following events:

  • Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, 15-18 September 2016, Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oasis Quilt Festival, October 5-7, 2016, Palm Springs, California
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival, October 13-16, 2016, San Francisco Metropolitan Area, California

The Winners and Their Quilts in Detail

  • Honorable Mention, Innovative: “Pros and Cons” by Martina Hilgert-Vervoort
  • Best of Country Award for Germany: “Tango” by Brigitte Gelf
  • Best Hand Workmanship, Traditional: “Rhodonite” by Andrea Stracke

The World Quilt Competition offers the unique opportunity to admire works by national and international artists in one exhibition. Immerse yourself in the world of colours and quilting!

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Images From the Exhibition at Nadelwelt 2016 in Karlsruhe, Germany

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World Quilt Competition 2014 – and TWO Prizes for Quilts From Germany!

Claudia Scheja and Andrea Keuchel Had to Be Persuaded to Participate – and Won!

In the early morning of August 14, 2014 – I was still on vacation in the USA – I received the e-mail with the list of the prize winners of this year’s 2014 World Quilt Competition XVIII (WQC) and the great news that TWO quilters from Germany will receive a prize! Claudia Scheja won with her quilt “Skyline” the “Best of Country” prize of all works submitted from Germany and Andrea Keuchel’s “Japanese Medallion” convinced the jury with her perfect craftsmanship, so that she was awarded the “Best Hand Workmanship” prize in the category “Traditional”! Congratulations again to the two successful ladies!

If you look at the photos of all excellent quilts on the website of WQC organizer Mancuso (www.quiltfest.com → World Quilt Competition New England XIII → 2014 World Quilt Competition XVIII Winners ), you can see that the competition this year was very strong, extremely strong!

The announcement of the prizewinners was the provisional end of a competition that was characterized by spontaneity and excitement.

Let’s Go Back a Few Months…

At the beginning of May 2014, some WQC participants from earlier years asked themselves – independently of each other – when this year’s documents would finally be sent out. Emails were also written independently of each other and the organiser was asked whether there had been any changes. It turned out that a new coordinator for Germany had to be found at very short notice. In order to enable German quilters to participate in the WQC again this year, I spontaneously agreed to take on this task. It has to be explained that the WQC organizer uses a decentralized concept to collect the competition entries, whereby so-called state coordinators handle all organizational matters within their respective participant countries. These tasks include disseminating the competition announcement in the press, online or at events, sending the participation documents to interested quilters, providing assistance in filling them in and translating them, collecting the documents and later the accepted quilts and sending them to the USA in good time and generally being the contact person.

This decision was made only a few weeks before the planned deadline for submissions! In other words, there was no more time to publish the call for entries in the trade press. But thanks to the Internet – especially Facebook – and the great networking and communication of the quilters in Germany, numerous interested quilters were reached. By the registration deadline, 18 quilts (out of 16 quilters) had been gathered, distributed evenly between the two categories “Innovative” and “Traditional”. Some of the participating ladies already had experience from the past years, but more than half of the participants were newcomers to the business of international competitions and took the opportunity to present their work to an international audience in the USA without having to worry about language barriers and the sometimes nerve-racking international dispatch of the precious quilts.

Quilts and Visitors From all Over the World

After the opening event of the WQC at the World Quilt Show – New England in Manchester (New Hampshire), all submitted works will be on tour in the USA until mid-January 2015 and can be seen at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XXI in Oaks (Pennsylvania), at the Pacific International Quilt Festival XXIII in Santa Clara (California) and finally at the World Quilt Show – Florida VI in West Palm Beach (Florida). These four events are extremely popular and attract tens of thousands of visitors each year from all over the U.S. and abroad.

The quilts submitted this year came from all over the world – from Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA. For a Best of Country Award to be awarded, at least 10 quilts must be submitted from one country. Not all countries have achieved this, so for example only Marijke van Welzen represented the Netherlands with her quilt “Growth”.

By participating in the WQC, all participants had the opportunity to have their quilt inspected on site by an expert certified by the American Quilters Society (AQS) and to have an appraisal made. This possibility does not (yet) exist in Germany, so that some of the German participants were able to participate.

This possibility does not (yet) exist in Germany, so that some of the German participants gladly made use of this option. I myself always find it very exciting to find out what (insurance) value is determined for a job. The appraiser was enthusiastic about the high quality and extraordinary precision she was able to find in the German quilts.

And it goes on – Patchwork Days 2015!

Now that our 18 German quilts travelling around the world (plus one from the Netherlands) will be back in the hands of their owners by the beginning of February 2015 at the latest, the time of their joint public appearances is not over yet. The Patchworkgilde Deutschland e.V. took up the idea I had spun out in the course of the WQC preparations to show these internationally successful works together in Germany and promised to include this exhibition in the programme of the German Patchwork Days 2015 next May in Dinkelsbühl!

In this way, all quilters and patchwork enthusiasts from Germany and neighbouring European countries will also have the opportunity to admire the German quilts taking part in WQC 2014 – and perhaps one or the other will want to submit their own work next year. I will have the announcement and the participation documents with me in Dinkelsbühl and will be happy to distribute them.

I have a lot to do with quilters and I know what great quilts are made here in our country every year under your hands and sewing machines! Have the courage to submit one or two of your quilts for the World Quilt Competition 2015! Maybe next year I can quote your name and quilt from the list of winners.

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Images From the Exhibition at the Patchwork Days 2015 in Dinkelsbühl, Germany

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