The 19th edition of the Open European Quilt Championships took place in MECC Maastricht from October 29 to November 1, 2015. The Open European Quilt Championships of 2015 welcomed exhibitors, participants and stallholders from all over the world. This year the participants of the Open European Quilt Championships competed for the titles and prices in Maastricht for the first time. The international jury consisting of Chantal Guillermet from France, Blanche Vandebroek and Jette Clover both from Belgium, selected the European champions among the 140 submitted quilts. Prizes were awarded in the field of traditional quilts, art quilts and longarm quilts. Each category was divided into a category for beginners, intermediate and advanced quilters. In addition, there were five trophies awarded for Art, Design, Longarm, Theme, and Traditional.

The quilt named 'best of show' was made by the French Béatrice Bueche. Her work was inspired by a photo of the burning Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. The quilt was a vibrant illustration of the original photo. The judges could not deny that this involved pure craftmanship and unanimously announced her as the winner of the Open European Quilt Championships of 2015. She won a Bernina sewing machine with which she wants to pass on her knowledge and skills to her daughter.

Béatrice Bueche, France - Best in Show

The theme of this year ‘The People’ inspired many participants. Marjan van der Heijden convinced the jury with her entry. Her quilt "Daily people' captures the theme with just one image taken from everyday life. She was awarded with the Trophy for Theme, the special sponsor prize of Quiltmania and the third public’s choice award. The first and second public’s choice award were granted to respectively Ans Schipper-Vermeiren from the Netherlands and Grace Meijer from the United Kingdom. The other prize winners were also rewarded with beautiful sewing machines of Handi Quilter and Janome, fabric packages of Timeless Treasures, yarns of Aurifil and Amann Group Mettler and luxurious sewing and embroidery materials of Bohin France. The winners can already start working on their entry for next year with these new materials.

Berta Selten, Netherlands - Winner Traditional Quilts

In 2016 the Open European Quilt Championships celebrate its twentieth anniversary. Because of this milestone the theme for 2016 is 'Twenty'. Participants can be inspired in many ways by this theme. During this anniversary, all winners of the past nineteen years return with at least their winning quilt, a new quilt or even a complete solo exhibition. This special anniversary exhibition will show the development of the European champions over the years. This exhibition is of course accompanied by an extensive range of shops, demonstrations and workshops.

The first edition of the Open European Quilt Championships in MECC Maastricht attracted 4.300 visitors over four days. The visitors chose for the Open European Quilt Championships despite the beautiful weather and the many textile and handicraft fairs that took place simultaneously in the Netherlands and Europe. We intend to further strengthen our position in Europe in the coming years. With this central location in relation to the Benelux we hope to attract more and more European exhibitors, stallholders and visitors. The Open European Quilt Championships 2016 will take place from October 20th until October 23rd, 2016.