Each individual member of the Quilters’ Guild is automatically a member of the European Quilters Association (EQA). The aims of the EQA are to promote the knowledge of quilting among the 17 member countries, and to encourage friendship and cooperation between quilters across Europe.
Embracing the spirit of this ethos, each year the EQA sets a challenge open to all members to enter. Selected entries are displayed in a gallery at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham and for the following two years will be exhibited at events in many of the other member countries. The ‘Music with a touch of red’ challenge is still being exhibited in EQA member countries and will be returned back after the FOQ 2017. The International Representative will be in touch to arrange for these to be returned.
EQA Challenge 2017
Guild members may submit work each year for the EQA Challenge. The theme for the Challenge for 2017 is ‘Inspired by the Flying Geese block’. Size to be 35 cm x 25 cm. Orientation should be landscape.
Please click here to download the rules and an application form. Please submit your entry form with a good quality photograph. Closing date is 30 April 2017.
EQA Diversity Gallery 2017
At the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham quilters’ guilds from the European Quilt Association can each display one quilt in the ‘Diversity gallery’. These quilts represent some of the outstanding work from artists in the 18 European countries. More information can be found here if you would like to submit a quilt to be considered for the gallery. Closing date is 12 April 2017.
The EQA now has 18 members amongst European country guilds. A list of participating member countries can be found here.
14 – 17 September 2017
23rd European Patchwork Meeting – Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork
Val d’Argent, Alsace
9 – 11 June 2017
Fürth, near Nuremberg
9 – 12 November 2017
The Knitting and Stitching Show
Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin
2 - 5 November 2017
Houston International Quilt Festival
George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas
Fibre Arts Exhibition showcasing Canadian quilts
22 – 27 May 2017, Ailsa Craig Community Centre, 155 Annie Ada Shipley Street, Ailsa Craig, Ontario
For more information on international activities contact the International Officer, Anne McPherson at email@example.com.