See, it’s got “fest” in the title — I had to go! I’m also calling the trip “professional development!” So, Sunday, Silke and I dragged the kids to the Main-Quiltfestival held in and around the Schloss Johannisburg in Aschaffenberg.
First thing we did was to go look for the competition quilts. They were displayed in a lovely hall in the Schloss. I really liked the combination of the modern and ancient. Up near the ceiling are original carvings saved from the ruined palace.
The competition theme was Fairytale World. Looks like I won’t be winning the much coveted steam iron station with Hansel und Gretel — the quilts were all waaaaaaay to creative and wonderful. I had to cast my vote for this one, called “Der Wolf und die Zicklein” with terry cloth goats (sorry, I couldn’t read the maker’s name in my photo):
Here’s another one, entitled “Waiting for a Prince,” by Juliette Eckel:
And here’s “Spiegelein, Spiegelein” (Mirror, Mirror) by Uta Krell, I think:
The quilts were so varied and interesting. I really enjoyed seeing the show.
In the same hall was the exhibit, Zusammenspiel, by Jacqueline Heinz. I loved it all, but didn’t take many photos as I assumed she’d have a web site with many more fabulous pictures than I could take. Alas, it is under construction; but here’s a link to some of the work. She has a wonderful way with machine quilting and very focused surface embellishment with wool and other fibers.
There was also a small exhibit of work by Russian quilter, Vera Sherbakowa, who’s work was also in Lyon. This palace was absolutely incredible, and I did not see it in Lyon:
I also don’t remember this ornate St. George and the Dragon quilt:
In the commercial hall, were a pair of women who call their style of knitting “Kluge StrickArt.” They make patchwork-like knit panels and stretch them over canvas. They were quite wonderful. The ladies were also wearing their art in the form of chic sweaters and tanks. Here’s an “un-framed” group piece. Erin, this is for you.
At the second venue were three exhibits. I think there were more quilts from the Hans Christian Andersen exhibit by the Dutch group QuilteQustnerne than there were in Lyon. I still love the work by Bettina Andersen. Here’s her Schneekönigin, or Snow Queen. I thought that I had previously taken a picture of her Princess and the Pea as well, which looked like a collage of mattress ticking, but I didn’t. You’ll just have to imagine it.
Here’s a detail:
I liked this rather traditional quilt called “Sudsee Impressionen” by Andreas Wolf. I don’t think it was part of the H.C. Anderson collection, so it, and it’s fellow quilts in the room may have been from the local guild or group.
I also ran into an aquaintance I know only from the creative quilting online group which I belong to, Texies. Edith was clever enough to have on a name tag, and I recognized her name. Here we are in front of a quilt which is part of an exhibit by another internet group, Network Quilters:
The Network Quilters met in a Nancy Crow class and have stayed in touch, inspiring and encouraging each other and showing their work. Their exhibit, “Der Weg ist das Ziel” (The Journey is the Goal, sorry about the bad translation, but you get the point) was quite interesting as they showed the process along with the finished work. Here’s another quilt by the same maker as above, Katharine Clausen:
I also really liked the work of member, Pia Welsch:
Lastly, in addition to the competition for “quilters,” there was a separate category for schools. There were apparently almost a dozen quilts which were displayed in store fronts in the pedestrian zone near the Schloss. We didn’t find teh addresses until the kids were burnt out and not in the mood for more walking. I did love the little plaid-shirted dwarves on this one by an adult education school.