Prague Patchwork 2019 – Photos

Prague Patchwork 2019

Prague Patchwork 2019

Prague Patchwork 2019 followed the Sitges quilt festival by just a couple of weeks.  I was delighted to be able to visit both of them – even if it was a hectic couple of weeks.  I’ve wanted to visit Prague Patchwork for many years, so it was a real thrill to make it at last.  The exhibition took place in a Sports Centre, so there were different displays in all the badminton halls, football halls and such like.

This particular quilt struck me because it has so much depth – you feel the birds might step out of the quilt at any time.

We had a minor hiccup on our way there, having not validated our train tickets properly, but a wonderful young lady who spoke perfect English came to our rescue.  She was also on her way to the exhibition so she took us under her wing and made sure that we arrived there safely.  Without her, we would probably still be wandering the streets of Prague now!

Group mystery quilt

Group mystery quilt

Group mystery quilt

This quilt was absolutely stunning not only in its own right, but also for the way that it was made.  It’s called Midnight Dance, but the quilters were not told that.  Each one of them was given the pattern for a section – and also asked what they thought the final quilt might look like.

As you can imagine, it must have been a real surprise when they saw the finished quilt.  If I had been given a section of skirt, for example, to make there’s no way in the world that I could have predicted what the subject of the quilt would be.  What a lovely idea.

Third in theme

Third in theme

Prize Winners

Near the entrance to the main hall there was a display of prize winning quilts.  This quilt was third in theme and it was quite delightful.  All the colours blended beautifully and the design was amazing.

I loved the way she had added three leaves in each corner – really striking.

Another winning quilt

Another winning quilt

This was another quilt from the prize winning section.  This one certainly took my breath away – really eyecatching.

Passacaglia quilt

Passacaglia quilt

Passacaglia quilt

Willyne Hammerstein had an exhibition of her quilts on display.  I first came across the Millefiori quilts at Nantes quilt show a few years ago and have loved them ever since.  The link takes you to a pinterest board showing lots of her quilts (I couldn’t find a website to link to).

As you can imagine, the templates for these quilts are tiny, but they do make stunning quilts.

Dresden butterfly

Dresden butterfly

Classical Challenge – Dresden Plate

I have never seen so many Dresden plates used in such creative ways.  I would never have thought of using small Dresdens to create a butterfly.

More Dresden plates

More Dresden plates

This quilt used Dresden plates to great effect.  I really must get my template out and make some Dresden quilts now that I have seen how interesting they can be.

There were many, many more of these quilts on display – a real feast for the eyes.

What depth

What depth

Three dimensional looking quilts

I think we probably all like quilts that look three dimensional.  I thought that this one was a particularly good example.  Birgit Schuller is a Handiquilt ambassador and does some extraordinary quilting.  You can see more of her work here.

See the elephant head

See the elephant head

This quilt really caught my attention because of the wonderful way India had been converted into an elephant head.  What a lovely quilt.

It had the overall look of one of those very old maps.  The Mariners Compass in the corner is also very impressive.

Sorry but I don’t seem to have noted the name of the quilter who produced this.

Landscape quilt

Landscape quilt

Wow factor quilts

Detail of the quilt

Detail of the quilt

It’s not quite a case of saving the best to last, but this part of the exhibition was amazing.  These landscape quilts could have been paintings or photos.  The detail and the choice of colours is superb.  I took this closeup so that you could see that she has pieced each individual leaf – a real work of art.

There were many equally beautiful landscape quilts.  They are all by Grycova Jaroslava, a Czech quilter.  Once again I couldn’t find a website for her, but you can see a lot more of her stunning work on this Google Images page.

My visit to Prague Patchwork 2018 was an amazing opportunity to see some extraordinary quilts and also to explore a delightful and beautiful city.  My photos of Prague itself will follow when I’ve had a chance to sort them out.

 

 

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  1. Hi Rose,
    What a treat! Thanks for sharing. My ex was a Czech descendant. I always longed to visit the country when I visited Europe but never got the chance. Happy Birthday!

    • Hi Claire. It’s a lovely country – the people were incredibly friendly and helpful. Thanks for your birthday wishes.

  2. Shirley McCormick says:

    First of all, happy birthday Rose, my eldest son’s birthday is the 13th, he will be 55 .The quilts that you have shown here are stunning, especially the scenic ones. They are beyond me. Thank you for all of your quilts you make and allow the likes of myself and others to make. Kind regards, Shirley

    • Thanks, Shirley. Happy Birthday to your son for Monday. Glad you like the quilts – I had a wonderful weekend in Prague.

  3. Fay Morris says:

    Hi Rose Happy Birthday!!! May you be blessed with many healthy, happy, successful and creative returns of the day.
    I have been to Prague 3 times and always enjoyed myself a lot there. I love the buildings, the atmosphere and the wonderful concerts, puppet shows, “black dancing” and I really enjoyed going down the river on the jazz boat. For Jewish people there are many interesting museums and Jewish connections but how sad it is that during WW2 most of the community was annihilated. Lots of great things but some very sad for me.

    • Thanks, Fay. It was my second trip to Prague and I loved it just as much. The quilt show was an added bonus. The Jewish museums must be bittersweet for you, but as you say there is so much to see in the city.

  4. Maria Rakaska says:

    Thanks for sharing some of this quilt show. It is amazing all the creativity out there. I am presently home-bound and really enjoy your sharing these beautiful quilts. Keep up your good work.

  5. I loved reading about your visit to Prague – utterly beautiful quilting and that landscape one is breathtaking – such talent! I’m pleased someone was kind enough to help you out.

    • Hi June. Given that Prague is such a destination for stag parties (there were three different very drunk parties on our flight out), I thought that the people of Prague might be a bit anti tourists, but we met with friendly kindness wherever we went.

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