European Patchwork Meeting, Alsace September 2023
European Patchwork Meeting, Alsace September 2023
The European Patchwork Meeting (Carrefour Européen du Patchwork) features beautiful quilting and textile displays at various locations in and around the picturesque valley town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in Alsace. Join us there in 2023!
This inspiring celebration of textile art is scattered across the four picturesque villages that make up the beautiful Val d’Argent valley - Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Sainte-Croix-aux-Mines, Lièpvre and Rombach-le-Franc. Historic buildings, places of worship and village halls are all transformed into temporary galleries filled with quilts designed by local talent and leading international designers.
What we Love
Combining patchwork with history - The European Patchwork Meeting is the largest patchwork show in Europe and takes place in the area where the Amish movement began.
Discovering the beautiful Val d’Argent, or the Silver Valley, as you visit each of the show's different venues.
Staying in Colmar with its extraordinary cathedral and picturesque La Petite Venise quarter.
Experiences you will treasure
- Two full days at the European Patchwork Meeting
- Exploring the beautiful and historic Val d'Argent valley in the heart of Vosges mountains as you visit each of the exhibition sites
- Discovering the city of Colmar. Nestled amidst vineyards and filled with colourful, half-timbered merchants' houses, Colmar is the archetypal Alsatian town. You will have time to wander the pretty cobbled streets of the old town, discovering architectural highlights such as the 16th century Pfister house with its ornate oriel window, the 17th century House of Heads, (so called because it is decorated with 111 carved stone masks), and the distinctive white-fronted houses that line the River Lauch. Local market gardeners, fishmongers and tanners used to pass along this stretch of river, showing off their produce in small, flat-bottomed boats. The tradespeople have now disappeared, but the boats remain offering visitors the chance to see Colmar from the river and giving the town a rather Venetian feel.
- Eating and drinking! Alsace is famous for its food and wine and Colmar, the capital of the Alsace wine region, boasts a wealth of independent vintners as well as a wide range of traditional ‘Winstubs’ where you can try delicious, regional specialities such as Tarte Flambée and Sauerkraut.
- Watching the spectacular light show. Every Friday and Saturday night Colmar is lit up by over 1,000 computer-driven light sources. This subtle play recreates the contours and colours of the town like a magic paintbrush.
- Strolling through the medieval streets of Riquewihr. Classified as one of the 'most beautiful villages in France', this ancient town, set between the peaks of the Vosges mountains and the Plain of Alsace, is like an open air museum, combining magnificent medieval architecture with world famous wines. Discover sites such as the Thieves Tower, the 16th century Winemaker's House and the 13th century defensive gateway known as the Dolder Tower.
What people say
The European Patchwork Meeting is a wonderful combination of the regional and the international. It takes places in curious locations across four pretty villages - there are exhibitions in churches, shop fronts, theatres, even an old bus garage. And touring the villages is a joy – you can really get under the skin of where you are.
ECT Tour Guide Graham Parker
How much is it?
The picturesque Val d’Argent, the Silver Valley of Alsace
Travelling from site to site on the free shuttle bus, you will not only see some of the best examples of patchwork and quilting in the world, but also experience a taste of living history. The Amish women of the region still make quilts as functional bed-covers and commemorative pieces to mark marriages and births, just as they did more than three centuries ago.
A Deeper Dive
The Carrefour Européen du Patchwork (European Patchwork Meeting) is one of the largest patchwork festivals in the world. Scattered across the four picturesque villages that make up the Val d’Argent, it brings together more than 1,200 examples of the finest in traditional and contemporary patchwork and quilting art. In French the word 'Carrefour' refers to a crossroads, and this extraordinary event is indeed a meeting of different 'roads' welcoming as it does visitors and exhibitors from all corners of the world.
Quilter's who have exhibited in previous years include: Bente Vold Klausen, Charlotte Yde,Gabi Mett, Jane Lloyd, Josy Narcy, Mirjam Pet Jacobs, Olga Prins-Lukowski, Alicia Merrett,Maryte Collard, Libs Elliott, Inge Hueber, Andrew Leblanc, Angela Walters, Sheila Frampton-Cooper, and Barbara Lange.
There is so much to see and enjoy here, from exhibitions and seminars, to demonstrations and stalls selling wonderful fabrics and accessories to use your own creations. Inspiration is guaranteed!
If you would like to take part in any of the workshops, these can be booked direct through the European Patchwork Meeting website. All workshops carry an additional charge. We are advised that spaces sell out fast so early booking is recommended.
Image courtesy of Colmar Office de Tourisme
Nestled amidst vineyards and filled with colourful, half-timbered merchants' houses, Colmar is the archetypal Alsatian town. You will have time to wander the pretty, cobbled streets of the old town, discovering architectural highlights such as the 16th century Pfister house with its ornate oriel window, the 17th century House of Heads, (so called because it is decorated with 111 carved stone masks), and the distinctive white-fronted houses that line the River Lauch. Local market gardeners, fishmongers and tanners used to pass along this stretch of river, showing off their produce in small, flat-bottomed boats.
The tradespeople have now disappeared, but the boats remain offering visitors the chance to see Colmar from the river and giving the town a rather Venetian feel.
Situated between the peaks of the Vosges mountains and the Plain of Alsace, in the heart of the famous Alsatian vineyards, Riquewihr is one of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns in Europe.
For centuries this magnificent town has managed to maintain its authentic character with colourful, half-timbered houses dating back to the 15th - 18th century and its continued tradition of producing world-famous wines, from where it gets its nickname The Gem of the Alsace Vineyards.
You will enjoy strolling through the cobbled streets, marvelling at the distinct charm of the buildings with their oriel windows and archways leading to inner courtyards containing old wells and fountains.
Wine lovers will enjoy sampling the delicious and varied wines of the region at the many wine cellars found along the narrow streets. Many tastings are accompanied by local delicacies chosen for their perfect pairing with the wine.
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