Shopping at the European Quilt Meeting

EuroPatchwork Meeting Program

The brains of the meeting.  I’d done some prepwork (looking at the website) so I knew what I wanted to see.  The very first thing: see the vendors.  I told my husband it would be like going to Disneyland for quilters.  Everything was new and different to me, but since I only have a small suitcase, I had to choose fun and interesting things.

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Since fat quarters were running about $5 a piece (with the conversion rates) and fabric was 22 Euro (about $25 dollars) per meter, I knew right off the bat I wouldn’t be buying any “American” fabric, and gained instant sympathy for European quilters at these prices!

The vendors were in a combination of inside “Espace Commercial” and outside tents, with one side of the tent opening to the passersby (and the weather).  I saw many of the drapes drawn to close in the booths when it was raining.

The Commercial Space was weather-proof, but hot and stuffy.  I took these photographs early in the morning.  When we doubled back before leaving, it was very crowded.

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Who wouldn’t want to shop at this booth, with its array of Kaffe fabrics and a vendor with bright pinky-red hair?

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This isn’t exactly a vendor, but the distributor (Rhinetex) who’d rented out the ground floor of this old house, displaying some Moda fabrics (don’t they always do it spectacularly?).

EuroPatchwork 2017_VendorsVenue6 Moda3EuroPatchwork 2017_VendorsVenue6 Moda2And inside, the famous Tula quilt for her new line, and a sweet scene at the fireplace, with their logo on the felt backdrop.  Lots of quilts in here, and it was fairly mobbed.

EuroPatchwork 2017_VendorsVenue5 creativesThe last venue I want to mention was titled “Les Createurs” and was filled with beautiful handiwork from “designers and craftsmen.”  I definitely coveted a few pieces of jewelry, as well as that blue coat in front. Now to show you what I bought and what their booths looked like.  I asked permission for all photos, but was told more than once they’d only like me to take a “general” photograph (imagine this word with a French accent); I totally understood their request and why they made it.

EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors1These folks are from the west side of France; she has a book out (I saw it at the book booth, but since it’s all in French, well…)  I’m always thinking small, so I picked up these two fat quarters.
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Across from them was the Costuretas de Moly booth, with the most charming kits and small handmades.  I saw a lot of sweet little bags and pouches with detailed scenes appliquéd and embroidered on the fronts and backs.  They are from Catalan, Spain.EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors2a

A small bracelet, a quick blurry shot of the bins of bracelets (they didn’t want their booth photographed) and random German Christmas Tree, the only thing I regret buying.  The vendor had tacked green rosettes of fabric around all the outside edges, and I thought maybe I could tie on some green primitive rags instead.  Oh well, we’ll see.

The handmade, laser-cut embellishments were purchased next, from a booth that made it hard to decide, given their categories of sewing, animals, children, family, house, etc.

EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors5aEuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors5Even though I said to myself “no fabric” the Filarte booth drew me in with their linens.EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors6My husband and I both liked the scarf on the outer upper edge of the houses, but when I tried on the leafy print next to it, well, that one came home.  It is wool and cotton so I will be very warm in sunny old Riverside. (I’m wearing it now, as I type this next to the chilly window in our hotel in Geneva.)

EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors7cI had a total fangirl moment when I realized whose booth I was standing in front of: Un Chat dans l’aiguille.  The lady on the right is the artist who makes up all these beautiful pieces (and whose name I think is Christel–hard to figure it out when you don’t speak the language).  I fell in love with her Matryoshka needle case, that I saw in a shop when I was here in Geneva last year, but they didn’t have any more (it’s out of print).  So when I got home, I looked up who made it and read all about her and her designs.

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But what to chose?  None of them are cheap, so I had to choose carefully.EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors7aEuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors7bI went with this little pouch with all its flowers and scalloped edge detail.EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors7aabWhen I looked inside, I can see why her kits are so popular: everything is well-labeled, ordered and she even included a needle.

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Sometimes what draws you in to fabric is that it is the exact opposite of what you’d normally buy.  Like the dusky shades of printed and dyed linen on the left.  Then you spend the next two hours mentioning to your husband that it won’t be enough fabric to do anything with, so you circle back around (my husband is a saint) and then pick up two more fat quarters to round it out.  I’m assuming it was the wife of the man (below) sort of strongly suggested that it was not good to put the heavier weight linen next to the quilt-fabric-weight linen on the right.  But I loved the look of the thicker threads in the first pack and couldn’t be persuaded to change.  If only they’d had the colors on the right in the heavier.  The vendors are from Germany.EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors9a

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Here’s the back of the package, in case you ever run into them.  Like I said, nearly everything I saw was unique, unusual, and not seen in the American markets.

Like these doll heads:EuroPatchwork 2017_VendorsRandom HeadsEuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors10EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors10a
We saw this sign while walking between exhibit locations, and entered into the little lane where several booths were set up with bolts of fabric.  At the back was a burned out house (?) with buttons for sale in what looks like the garage.  Or maybe the whole house was under renovation?EuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors10bEuroPatchwork 2017_Vendors10cThe quilts are pretty backdrops for what I purchased: the two buttons, above, and a necklace.

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The penultimate purchase was this dishtowel from the Beauville exhibit in Sainte Croix-aux-Mines, one town away from where we started.  I have one more purchase, but I’ll mention it when I get to the various exhibits.

Alsatian Dress Lady

Here’s the woman in the Alsatian dress again.  It is so beautiful, and of course, I wondered where I could get that apron fabric.  We saw her again later in the Old Theater venue, so stay tuned.

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18 thoughts on “Shopping at the European Quilt Meeting

  1. Oh, the choices! And your purchases were spot on, understand each one! Thanks for sharing the best part of the trip (although I’ve loved all the travel shots and feel so relaxed after the “virtual vacation”!). Welcome home!

  2. Thanks for sharing your trip. It must have been great fun! I wish you had purchased that blue coat you mentioned because I would ask to borrow it!!!

  3. Thank you for sharing your pictures and trip with those of us who’ll probably never get there ourselves. It’s fun to see what other parts of the world are doing. Your purse kit purchase is lovely. I’m inspired to leave my plans for the day on my list and dig into my quilting fabrics. I can clean house tomorrow—-or the next day.

  4. You are making great use of your husband’s trip!!! lol It had to be so much fun to see all of their items. I hope your suitcase is big enough to bring it all home, but guess you can always throw some clothing out. You made need that scarf for warmth when you get home. Our heater actually clicked on this morning as it was 43*. Thanks for sharing all of the fun sights.

  5. Lucky you! I loved getting to see all your photos! I hope one day to get to go to a European quilt show! How fun! I love all your purchases!

  6. Thank you again, for the details of your viewing and shopping. It is exciting to see what is available to others elsewhere in the world. The prices make me realize I would not be making as many quilted projects!

  7. Loved reading your impressions from the market at the show. I too fell in love with the french embroidery place le chat…. and also bought a needlecase, though differnt. Isn’t their stuff just so beautiful! Also bought that tea towel for my mom. Their booth was amazing, interesting exhibit about their company too. Looks like you went to mostly different places, which was interesting.

  8. So many lovely things to look at, all so different to what we normally see! I can totally relate to those fabric prices, much like what we experience in Australia! I love the scarf you bought! That colour will be so good on you! And that linen pouch- what a treasure you have found! The “Red Dog” purchases were delightful too! You did very well indeed!

  9. I so appreciate your sharing the visuals of your wonderful trip. How tempting to purchase things! Sorry the weather was so wet. Thanks again, I truly loved your photos & comments. Wonderful what creative, caring people can make. Artemis

  10. Oh how lovely! I would have found it difficult to control myself. (Except for the container of doll heads! Lol) I love the scallop edged purse kit you purchased! You must be so inspired now!

  11. I enjoyed your trip. Such a fascinating array and I really like to see individual arts/crafts people selling their own products, though as you say here in Europe everything quilt related is very expensive. I especially love the scalloped edge bag 🙂

  12. It’s fun seeing all the things you saw, why you were and weren’t attracted to them, and what you ended up buying. You found more treasures than I did. It’s all the fussiness of the designs and fabric that are too much for my tastes. I’m sure that’s one of the reasons I’m attracted to modern… for it’s simplicity. I’m very glad you had an interesting time there – yes, it’s very different than what we see here in the US!

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