OEQC

Packing for a week’s teaching always takes me ages, and I am sure I take more than I need. I left last Monday with a case that probably weighed 35 kilos- full of teaching things, books, kits and cards. I hoped I would be ok but putting it on the escalator for the Eurostar proved tricky and I did need some help, with the guy muttering “What have you got in here?”

I travelled via London as I wanted to see the Fabric of India exhibition at the V and A. It is a fabulous exhibition (no photos allowed) and has some stunning and beautifully made pieces of Indian textiles and embroidery. It really is worth going to see.

I then went on to to Aldgate to have a walk along the road where all the African fabric shops are. I just had to buy some wax fabric – it will be great for the backs of quilts.

The guy in the shop sold it to me as printed in Holland! I asked where and of course he didn’t know.

I arrived into Brussels and then took a train to Liege and then another to the border town of Vise where i just had to pay 3 euros to get to Maastricht. So if you are coming next year – it is easy!

The weather was beautiful so instead of going straight to the Hotel I put my luggage in a locker and had a walk around the centre of the town.

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The new venue seemed a bit confusing as it is on several different levels and I think it took me a few days to find my way around.

On Wednesday morning all the quilts were being hung so in the afternoon I borrowed a bike and went out to explore some of the local area. I cycled to Valkenburg and to Gulpen. Lovely towns and beautiful scenery – not like the Holland I know – it was hilly!

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I saw this in a window

The show opened on Thursday morning but I didn’t really get a chance to see the quilts until Sunday and even then I don’t think I saw all of them

Here are the International Threads quilts and the Stitched Quilts on show.

Sorry Jane – yours were the only ones that were horizontal and they were displayed off the photos I took

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There were lots of people looking at them and they were very much admired.

The change from all day teaching to 1 hour classes has been a great success and I had large classes as you can see. There were ladies from Israel, Spain, Holland, Germany, Luxembourg, Italy, France and the UK on the classes.

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Here are some of the quilts I saw and liked

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We have many discussions about the quilts and it is always interesting to see which ones we all like best – we don’t always agree

These shows are exhausting but I love doing them. The atmosphere is great, I make lots of new friends and meet up with friends from all over the World.

Here are just some of them ( some photos are missing)

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We had a quickly organised SAQA meeting with members from about 10 different countries

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After the show I went on to Brussels to teach a group of women there

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and then had a day in Brussels at the Comic strip museum and the Horta House

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I love what the curator has written about this guy. I think I need to write something like this about my work and my textiles.

Now I need to research more about his work

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I love the Tintin drawings but was a bit disappointed with the murals

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No photos allowed in the Horta House

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And of course bought some Belgium chocolate

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and resisted buying some fabric at one of the best fabric shops I have ever been to

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This is the remnant section – translates “the fleas of the dog”

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and to an art shop

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The weather was fabulous and the autumn colours spectacular

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A brilliant fun week!

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