The second edition of Expo Veldhoven took place in NH Koningshof in Veldhoven, the Netherlands from May 2nd until May 4th, 2014. This textile festival with more than five hundred exhibited quilts and sixty stallholders drew 3.500 visitors in three days. Among the stallholders there were many familiar shops. However, new shops were also present. Expo Veldhoven is known for its diverse offer of shops and renewal in this assortment is aspired annually.

This year, more than twenty guest collections were exhibited during Expo Veldhoven. The guest collections originated from every part of the world, ranging from Japan and the United States to Israel and Egypt. In addition to this, many European countries were represented as well. The American collection of cow quilts was one of the many highlights of the show. This collection existed out of colourful and heavy embellished quilts inspired by the book of Melanie McFarland and Mary Lou Weidman.

Due to the international character of the exhibition, Expo Veldhoven welcomed visitors from around the world. In particular, the guest collection of Reiko Kato drew the attention of many visitors. The audience was not only offered the opportunity to marvel at the works of Reiko Kato, but they could actually see Reiko Kato work and even learn from her during a full day workshop.

During Expo Veldhoven there were not only many things to see, there were also many things to learn. In addition to Reiko Kato, both Sophie Furbeyre and Gillian Travis taught a full day workshop. There were walk-in workshops organized by Bernina and Janome where visitors could experience all possibilities of their state-of-the-art sewing machines. Furthermore, visitors could see the textile artists perform their techniques. Tarek, a tentmaker from Egypt, demonstrated his ancient handicraft techniques passed on by fathers to their sons from generation to generation. However, innovative techniques were also demonstrated by Ferret from the United Kingdom. She showed how she works on her beautiful and enormous quilts with a longarm machine.

This year, a new element was added to Expo Veldhoven; a daily tombola. Every day at 3 pm visitors were showered with beautiful gifts made available by sponsors. The tombola turned out to be a successful way to enthuse the audience for the materials of the sponsors, which were also available at several stallholders.

The organization can look back at a very successful second edition of Expo Veldhoven. It was a festival which represented all aspects of quilting, ranging from traditional quilts and traditional handicraft to art quilts and state-of-the-art machine techniques. Furthermore, visitors could find all materials at the shops to translate their inspiration into a new project.

Visit our website www.textile-festivals.com for more information regarding Expo Veldhoven 2014 and the upcoming festivals EXPO BERLIN 2014 and OEQC 2014.

This month Textile Festivals organizes the first edition of Expo Berlin in NH Friedrichstrasse. During this edition seven guest collections are exhibited, among which is a guest collection of Patchwork Gilde Deutschland. The first edition has a small-scaled character due to the location of the exhibition which takes place in the heart of Berlin. In 2015 the second edition will take place in Station Berlin, at this location the festival will grow to a festival of similar size as Expo Veldhoven.

The preparations for the Open European Quilt Championships 2014 have started. OEQC takes place from the 23rd of October until the 26th of October 2014 in NH Koningshof in Veldhoven, the Netherlands. OEQC is known for the competitive element of the show, where entries from all over the world are juried. This years’ theme is ‘old masters’. The theme is an addition to the familiar categories ‘traditional’, ‘art,’ ‘hand quilting’and ‘longarm quilting’. The deadline for registering entries for the competition has closed on May 10th, 2014. However, stallholders can still subscribe by requesting a subscription form by e-mail at info@textile-festivals.com