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 20 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 2017 ‘Inspired by the Flying Geese block’ challenge is now touring the various exhibitions in the EQA member countries and are due to be returned in late 2019.
The theme for the EQA Challenge for 2018 was ‘Boundaries’. Boundaries, whether national, regional, linguistic, cultural, economic, personal, or boundaries in patterns, techniques, fabrics, styles etc. There are many boundaries to explore, expand and overcome. 8 selected entries from each of 19 countries were displayed at the Festival of Quilts 2018 in Birmingham and the exhibition is now touring through many European countries for the next two years.
Threads without Borders : 2019 EQA challenge in celebration of its 30 years
The EQA has decided to commemorate our 30th anniversary in 2019 with a challenge with the theme 'Threads without Borders'. At this time of change in Europe, simple materials such as threads connect people all over Europe.
Six quilts were chosen in the UK and these will be divided into two collections. Pieces from these collections will be exhibited at the Festival of Quilts 2019 and the European Patchwork Meeting in Alsace before touring other European quilt venues.
The EQA now has 20 members amongst European national guilds. A list of participating member countries can be found here.
The QGBI International Officer role will become vacant in 2021. It is a stimulating and very rewarding role and the person is responsible for representing and promoting The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles abroad. If you think you may be interested in volunteering for this role please contact Brenda Wroe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DPF-træf, 24-25 August 2019
25th European Patchwork Meeting – Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork, 12–15 September 2019
Val d’Argent, Alsace
Pour L’Amour du Fil, International show of the Arts of Thread, Nantes, 22-25 April 2020
19th Tokyo International Quilt Show, late January 2020, Tokyo Dome
11th International Quilt Festival Riga 2019, Riga, Latvia, 17th August - 21 September 2019
USA Houston International Quilt Festival, 31 October- 3 November 2019
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas