Guest collections

On this webpage you will find an overview of all guest collections that will be on display during the Open European Quilt Championships 2016.

Noga Shraibman-Cohen - OEQC 2015

Israël Rahel Elran
Norway Bente Vold Klausen
The Netherlands Ellen Siemer
Germany Annette Bamberger
The Netherlands Ans Schipper Vermeiren
Finland Tuula Mäkinen
The Netherlands Nel Wijnen
United States of America Gyleen Fitzgerald
The Netherlands Sylvia Kaptein
Ireland Mary Palmer
England Susan Chapman
Multiple countries Art Quilt Fusion
The Netherlands Hilde van Schaardenburg
The Netherlands Mirjam Pet-Jacobs
The Netherlands Henk van Kooten
The Netherlands Elly van Steenbeek
Belgium Laura Kuyken
The Netherlands Lies Bos-Varkevisser
Germany Sabina Schröder
Germany Maria Reuter
France Béatrice Bueche
Germany Claudia Scheja
Hungary Eszter Bornemisza
The Netherlands Jos Hermsen-Hoofd
Different countries Winners OEQC 1997 – 2015
The Netherlands De Kantfabriek

Each guest collection is personally present at the exhibition, you can always talk with the textile artist to exchange ideas.

Click the arrow to the left of the name for more information about the guest collection.

Rahel Elran

Born and lived all her life in Israel. As a retired professional high school principle, she started art career ten years ago.
Her work is abstract and modern.

She uses mainly, commercial prints and reused fabrics. Been very concern about waist, She tries to use what is already there. As an artist, she is inspired by the traditional quilting patterns on one hand, and by what she sees around her, on the other hand.

In her artwork she uses both traditional methods (piecing) and new artistic modern technology. Rahel’s work has participated in group exhibitions in Israel, Europe and US.

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Bente Vold Klausen

Born December 8. 1952, live in Fredrikstad, Norway.
My art is getting more and more painterly over the years. The expression is more important for me than techniques. I some times think I should try to just paint on canvas, but still, I am a textile person and I love the tactile feeling in soft fabrics and the structures I can make with quilting. My work process is experimental. I very seldom make sketches or plans ahead. I prefer to start with the fabrics and the paint and just choose the colours that I feel good about at the moment! I work fast and often let coincidence happen. But I choose only to proceed further if I like what coincidently happened! I am concerned about our planet and many of my quilts are a statement about that. War and peace, environmental issues are both themes I work with all the time.

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Ellen Siemer

I am always looking for what is original and different and do not want to make what exists already. So I experiment a lot. Once I have tried something completely and grasped it, I become restless and go off in a different direction.

I use all kinds of textiles. And dye and print myself, also such a miraculous process! Color! Brings about a whole lot in me and is often the basis for a design.

As I start, I often do not know what will be the result. It grows, it comes to life, sometimes it is lying in the corner for a while and when it starts calling I get back on the road.

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Annette Bamberger

I have always liked being creatively involved in drawing, painting and textile work. After my architecture studies I worked in design and taught at vocational schools. When I discovered patchwork and quilts, I was immediately fascinated by the creative possibilities offered by this technology. From the beginning I have never worked according to predetermined patterns or templates, but I have always put my own ideas and designs in quilts.

In my quilts I deal with emotions, encounters and experiences and reach to make religious topics. All my works have a statement that I usually express by clear shapes and colors. Most of my quilts are colorful and reflect a positive mood. I sew and quilt with a sewing machine, and I prefer extensive free motion quilting. Depending on the theme I use different techniques, but I avoid the use of chemicals as much as possible.

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Ans Schipper Vermeiren

Ans was born on March 12, 1936 in Woerden, The Netherlands. Her father taught her how to knit. She continued knitting until 1990 when she first came into contact with quilting. She attended a course for beginners. However, her first coverlet, a sampler, was immediately exhibited at Expo The Hague. Her first award was an award of merit.

All her quilts are her own designs, and all but one are hand quilted. Usually, she uses traditional patterns, but she puts her own stamp on it by the use of colors. She enjoys working with patterns like Snail Trails, Storm at See, Kaleidoscope and stars. From the same patterns, she tries to create flowers, animals, landscapes and much more.

In her 25 years of quilting, she has won many awards. Both in 1998 and 2012 she won the award for Best of Show during the Open European Quilt Championships. Additionally, much of her work is published internationally in European and American quilt books and magazines. Her work was shown in exhibitions all over Europe. Her works were also lent to museums. The quilt “Kimono Pleasure” was recently shown in a half-year exhibition at the Texas Quilt Museum Grance USA. She loves to receive a public’s choice award. Her ninth public’s choice award was allocated to her at the Open European Quilt Championship of 2015, which were held at MECC Maastricht in the Netherlands.

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Tuula Mäkinen

Ever since I was a child, it has always been the rainy days and dark autumn evenings that have been the times for me to start going through the scrap baskets. From the remnants left from mother’s sewing, I made dresses and jackets for all my dolls.

My previous hobbies, silk screening, batik and silk painting had already taken me into the world of fabric colours and colouring before I started quilting. At first, I did not even realize how valuable those skills were to become in quilting. When colouring the fabrics by painting with silk dyes, a unique surface finish with a multitude of shades and colour intensity is obtained. Dyeing is also full of surprises, as you can never precisely foresee the end result. In addition to the colours, the surface structure and also 3-dimensional or other special effects add interest and variety to the works.

I like to start by making a fairly simple quilt, and then bring out the actual theme by adding dense and decorative quilt stitching, often by hand machining using a free motion technique. I enjoy experimenting, and therefore I often invent new techniques, which I apply in many different ways.

Tuula MäkinenTuula Mäkinen - Fairy Land

Nel Wijnen

I often got inspired by the OEQC themes when making my quilts. However, I also get inspired by the little things that catch my eye; water drops on a leaf, lichens on a rock, a reflection in glass.

In recent years, I work more and more with coarse stabbing and all kinds of yarn with which I can apply texture in my work. This free way of working stimulates my creativity and the search for new opportunities in working with textiles.

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Gyleen Fitzgerald

Gyleen Fitzgerald makes quilts that blend color, pattern and texture to provide a contemporary essence in traditional quilting. Her strength as a quilter is demonstrated by the infusion of engineering tools and innovative techniques to simplify visually complex quilts. She shares her enthusiasm for quilting through interactive lectures and workshops. As a writer, Gyleen centers on haiku poetry, quilt project books, magazine articles and children’s books.

An avid quilter, Gyleen has earned Best of Show honors and as a publisher, she is a repeat Gold Medal winner for Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings and Polygon Affair…So Easy You’ll Fall in Love. She is best known for inspiring Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts and the creation of the Pineapple Tool by Gyleen.

Gyleen has appeared on The Quilt Show and Lifetime TV promoting a contemporary spirit in traditional quiltmaking.

For Gyleen, dreams hold no limits. Ray, her husband is her shining light and quilting is her passion; together they color her world in a very special way.

Gyleen is a Philadelphia, PA native, who spent her formative years in Taiwan and Japan.


Bricks, Cobblestones and Pebbles, FPI Publishing, coming fall 2015
Polygon Affair…So Easy You’ll Fall in Love, FPI Publishing, 2013
Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilts, FPI Publishing, 2010
Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings, FPI Publishing, 2009
In the House, If Walls Could Talk, FPI Publishing, 2008
The Dream: A Magical Journey in Colourful Stitches, FPI Publishing, 2005.
Poetry and Patchwork, Co-Author, James W. Pryde, Jr, FPI Publishing, 2005

Angle Trim, Tools by Gyleen, 2015
Polygon3 Tool, Tools by Gyleen, 2015
Polygon2 Tool, Tools by Gyleen, 2012
Polygon Tool, Tools by Gyleen, 2011
Pineapple Tool, Tools by Gyleen, 2010

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Sylvia Kaptein

As a child I have always been intrigued by colors and nature. I’d like to draw whenever I could, and tried to find a way to use these drawings to make art. Soon I discoverd fabric, and fell in love with the textures, the prints and the endless possibilities to use them for different projects.

I opened my quiltshop in 1990: it grew for over 21 years. I’ve designed my own quilts, giving classes and found out there was a need for a different approach. When the Judy Niemeyer patterns were available in the Netherlands, I began to make those quilts, and my customers loved them.

After closing my shop at the end of 2011, due to illness, I did’nt retire – I was still young enough to do endless things. I designed my quilts for my own pattern line, made landscape quilts for customers, and for the challenge of the Open European Championships, winning ribbons.

When Ada Honders from Patchwork Promotions invited me to come with her to Montana, US to get classes with Judy Niemeyer, in order to start an European network, I immediately said YES: this was something I always wanted to do. We went to Montana on several occasions, made a lot of quilts and got our certificate.

Now we are building the Judy Niemeyer/Quiltworx network in Europe, giving classes at shows and with shops and retreats. People are very enthousiastic, and love to sign up for workshops and Masterclasses, making wonderful projects.

I am very excited about this wonderful new career, in which I love to design (challenge) quilts, and teaching quilters, and will keep making lots and lots of quilts.

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Mary Palmer

Although I grew up with many quilts in my childhood home, it wasn’t until I moved to Ireland in the late 80’s that I taught myself to make quilts. I had trained in automotive design and the drafting skills were useful in designing and making quilt patterns. Things evolved over the years, and I continue to design new quilts, teach, and quilt professionally for others.

I am strongly influenced by traditional quilts and patterns. Some of my quilts are a direct reflection of this, but many are more contemporary in colour and form. I try to use colours, shapes and textures in a manner which, I hope draws the viewer in for a closer look. I also like to play with words and concepts and am frequently inspired by architectural shapes and forms as well as the somewhat magical mathematical structures found in nature and music.

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Susan Chapman

Susan feels that the selecting, printing, dyeing, and stitching of fabrics help her to communicate her feeling, concern and observation of modern society. Textiles are significant throughout our lives, from the moment of birth to the moment of death, fabrics are used to cover and protect us.

Susan’s work makes use of her drawings of people gathering to meet and discuss the issues of the day. This activity demands very fast sketches as people walk together chatting and enjoying their companionship, a particular interest is their relationships one to another.

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Art Quilt Fusion

Art Quilt Fusion is proud to present their latest exhibition titled ‘Ambition’.

They are a group of international artists based in and around Europe.
Their intention is to bring their personal artistic expression through the medium of art quilts, to a worldwide audience. Each are individually successful in their own countries and are enjoying collaborating with their peers across national boundaries. There are currently ten members from, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The group was brought together originally in 2011 and their exhibitions have been seen in The Netherlands, France, Germany and Russia with future exhibitions booked for Czech Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

This exhibition shows the individuality of all ten members of this group, while working from a given title. The word ‘Ambition’ represents their challenge to become the best artists they can be, and they hope that the viewer will enjoy their work presented here.

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Hilde van Schaardenburg

Textile artist, art coach & quilt judge

Before dedicating herself to quilting in 2002, Hilde’s artistic endeavours extended to music, painting and floral art. All her former experiences come together in working with textile. She uses a bright range of colours and a large diversity of materials and techniques.
For her the Nature is an unlimited source of inspiration. She creates her textile works after intensive research and studies. Her point is to move and delight the viewer and she wants to make people curious.

Her work is been seen on many national and international exhibitions and competitions, where she wins several awards.

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Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Dutch artist Mirjam Pet-Jacobs is considered one of the most innovative quilt artists in Europe. Since 2006 she is a member of the international renown group Quilt Art.

Pet-Jacobs has won several international prizes, most notifying the first prize of the European Quilt Triennial in Heidelberg in 2003 and 2009 and the first prize 5th Riga International Textile Triennial in 2015. Her work is featured in many books, catalogues and magazines, as well as in the Brockhaus Enzyklopädie Deutschland.

She is the author of ‘Textile Adventures’, a workbook in three languages published by Bergtor Verlag, Germany.
Pet-Jacobs’ work is part of the collections of Textilsammlung Max Berk, Heidelberg, Germany, the Gallery of Szombathely, Hungary, het International Quilt Study Center, Nebraska, Lincoln, US., Aurifil SRL, Milan, the Quilts Inc collection, US, and of several private collections in Europe and the US.

I am fascinated by the beauty and ugliness of society. I transform the interaction between people – from internet to body language – into plain, sometimes realistic abstract layered wall hangings, objects and multi media works (like textile and video).
The material mostly use, textile, is so common that we take it for granted. By its tactility and recognisability it has the enormous capacity to touch everyone. This form of slow art makes our fast and technical world a little more sensual and personal.

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Henk van Kooten

After my working life as a jeweler, I started quilting in 1990. After the basic course Quilting and various workshops, my first quilt, a sampler, was shown at the Quilters Guild exhibition in The Hague in 1991.

Most of the time, my work is traditional with my own interpretation, and all my quilts are hand quilted. Then I started to take part in contests, where I won a lot of national and international prizes. At the European Championships “Best of show” Mazzeltof and then the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, and four times the audience price. Furthermore I won the following prizes:

– In Antwerp, the 1st prize, theme “Home”.
– In Houston (USA) 1st prize with “Free Life”

Besides Quilts I also made three Kimonos, which won the following prizes:
– Kotomono Nr. 1 won the first prize in London.
– Kotomono Nr. 3 won the 2nd prize at the O.E.Q.C. in Veldhoven.
– Kotomono Nr. 2 won the audience prize at the Quilters guild.

Besides quilting, I took courses from Colette Berends in fabric painting. Gradually, I developed my own style which is a combination of various techniques, such as the use of applications and yarns. I also give lectures on my quilts throughout the country, and I exhibit in gallery’s, quilts shops and at exhibitions.

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Elly van Steenbeek

I make art as a way of expression my perception of the world around me.

Textile is my medium, because it is tactile, easily manipulating and allows itself to be altered in many different ways.
I Hand-dye my fabrics and have found my own recipe of rust dying.

The last time I also use found papers and combined them with textile in a collage construction. It’s a new challenge to develop my techniques of dying and altering.

My work is mostly life related. I start with something that happened in my own life and integrate it in an artwork in a common way.

You can read more about Elly on her website,

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Laura Kuyken

Hello everyone,

I’m Laura Wittmann from Lommel (Belgium) and I’m 64 years old. By profession I was a hairdresser, but I always liked to do a lot of crafts, knitting by hand or machine, as well as a lot of crocheting. On an open door day, I discovered patchwork and was very interested. So I decided to take lessons with Lia Flemings.

With the group “Tafgezellen”, we meet monthly and we are still learning from each other. I was very surprised when I was called in 2011 by Ada, who told me that my quilt became “best of show”. I thought this a great honor and an award for my work on this quilt.

Traditional quilting still has my preference. All my other quilts are all patched and quilted by hand. In also won some prizes in Belgium. I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank Lia and all “tafgezellen” for their support and sociability.

I hope you appreciate my quilts and see you at the MECC in 2016.

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Lies Bos-Varkevisser

I was born on October 24, 1954 in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. I embroider (cross stitch), crochet and knit since my childhood. I love fabrics and yarns. In 1993 when I was 39 years old, I decided to venture to patchwork and quilting, as it seemed more varied and challenging to me. Patchwork requires you to shape patterns and colors yourself. It offers much more oppportunities. I exclusively work with thin cotton print fabrics. I once took a small excursion to the use of silk, but even though I think that the material has a wonderful appearance, I don’t enjoy workig with it.

The use of color in quilts I find especially fascinating. I like to often use the color fan of Joen Wolfrom. The colors of my surroundings inspire me too. The color may make or break quilt. The patterns are less important to me, simple squares are perfectly suitable to create gradients. When doing so I work methodically. First I pick the colors I want to use and find a matching pattern or I draw this myself. It often happens that I put everything aside because I am not satisfied with the color. Only when the plan in my head is completely finished and consistent with what I have picked, I start working. In some cases, elements are added at a later stage. Sewing intricate patchwork patterns I find less interesting.

Application work also has my great interest. Mola, celtic, stained glass, baltimore. A lovely relaxing activity.

There are four quilts of mine published in books of Joen Wolfrom. Two quilts in “Adventures in design’ and two in ‘Color play, second edition.’ This is a great compliment to me from a fantastic quilter as Joen Wolfrom.

Visit the website of Lies Bos-Varkevisser for more information.

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Sabina Schröder

In 1999 I discovered patchwork and in several courses I came up to profound knowledge about it. I tried almost every technique there is and I finally found my favourites: The log cabin block and quilting by hand.

Log cabin gives me the opportunity to develop all my creativity due to its incredible versatility. I love large quilts with a three-dimensional and graphical approach, although colour gradients are an additional challenge for me. I first realized these personal preferences in my quilt “In the shadows”.

As for the traditional log cabin block I also have plenty of ideas for variations such as triangle blocks and many others. My book “Alles Log Cabin?”, Bergtor Verlag, Germany, is based on this pool of ideas. It reflects my passion and the professional level.

Due to my experiences gained over the years I very much appreciate quilting by hand. To create additional structures almost every quilt I create nowadays is extensively manually quilted.

Over the years I became a member of various patchwork groups and since 2003 I am the voluntary head of a patchwork group for elderly people in my home city Velbert-Langenberg.

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Maria Reuter

Maria Reuter was born in Eibenstock / Erzgebirge. Today she lives in Furstenfeldbruck, Bayern.

Her first contact with patchwork and quilting in traditional style was during a long trip in a camper in 1989/90, when she traveled trough the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Back in Germany, she attended workshops from national and internationally renowned textile artists to learn more about sewing and design options. In the early 90s, she was sewing patchwork clothing made of linen and she organized fashion shows with nationwide attendees.

Starting in 1994, she did regular exhibitions at home and abroad, and the many prices she won gave here an incentive to start new projects.

Since 1998, she is a teacher and gives various workshops on request.

To date, she didn’t commit herself to any particular technology and direction. The spectrum of textile art is too large and wide-ranging, so she prefers to try “everything” … She loves bold and graphic design in bright colors, but also experiments a lot with black & white. There are so many ways to be creative!

For me, contemporary patchwork is a welcome balance to my occupation. The inspiration and joy she gets from creating small works of art with her own hands always motivates her to persue her passion.


Beatrice Bueche

I am a part-time textile artist, I work at the Jardin des Papillons in Hunawihr in Alsace, France. My artistic activity is nonetheless constant, because my thoughts never stop imagining and creating new works, woven into my daily activities. I always have several projects bouncing around in my head, and when I take the time to work in the studio, the pieces flow out… progressively, intuitively, until I have the satisfaction of seeing them complete.
I like colors, curves, the feel of the fabric. My approach is that of creating a picture, the fabric and sewing machine are my paints and brush.

Already as a child my fingers found the way to creativity. To cut out, to glue, to paint, I loved to transform everything within my reach. As a young mother, I stayed home to take care of my children. I sewed clothes for my family for 10 years. I also did silk painting, cristal engraving,I created jewelry and cut out paper laces with an unquenchable desire to learn.

When I discovered contemporary patchwork, I discovered a way of expressing myself that suited me perfectly. But because of my work and lack of time, I often left “for later” projects that whirled within me. I learned from life that tomorrow did not belong to me and since then I integrated the creating of my textile paintings into my daily activities.

With my husband, we run a marvelous flower garden in Alsace where hundreds of butterflies roam in freedom. Being so close to nature changed my approach to colors and movement. It is also an inexhaustible well of creativity. My patchworks are a way to express my love for life,my faith, and my willingness to never give up whatever the challenges…

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Claudia Scheja

In the middle of the 80th I made my first steps with scissors and cardboard into the world of patchwork. 2 more quilts for the family followed.
After a long 10 years break I joined my first patchwork class with a neighbor. With rulers and cutter I discovered a fascinating new world.

Since that day designing and sewing of quilts is an important part of my life.
The following years I completed my patchwork skills, some on my own, some in classes with well known quilt artists.
All quilts were quilted by hand until a top with folded batik fabrics. I discovered machine quilting for me and could not stop to think about drawing bows and swirls on fabric.
In 2010 a dream come true and I ordered my APQS longarm quilt machine. I started my business „Kleine Quilterei“ as a custom quilter.
Furthermore I began to enter my own quilts in national and international exhibitions and challenges and was successful in 2013 at OEQC in Veldhoven/Netherlands.

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Eszter Bornemisza

I create wall-hangings, installations, and objects from the ubiquitous material of waste newspaper and cloth. The choice of material plays a central role in the work as it provides further visual experiences by their ephemeral character.

As an urban citizen living in Budapest the theme of my work is revolving around ideas that reflect our relations to past and present cultures of the place: the layers of existence. Imprints of ages in the earth and in our minds, signs and traces and their meanings for us, their personal and social narratives are in the focus of my interest.

The motives come from my keen interest in the graphic appearance of old and new maps. The fragmented, distorted or disintegrated city plans are used as signs, traces, the silt of the past, blended with modern highway and metro layouts, patterns of present urban life. Maps both real and subjective are imprints of our living in a system, and like labyrinths they offer a rich ground for associations, deepening our understanding of our life and circumstances.

Contrasting Budapest maps with maze, circuit board or tube schemes and juxtaposing these labyrinth or grid like urban textures, give scope for contemplation on the alterations of the city: whether the rushy changes over the last few decades have been organic or if the changes have helped make the city more liveable, are still burning questions.
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Jos Hermsen-Hoofd

My name is Josje Hoofd. I was born in the Netherlands on March 7, 1937.
I married in Venlo on 27 August 1959. I have four children (two boys – two girls).
In 1961 we moved to Rheden in Gelderland.

My biggest hobby was sewing. My mother was a professional seamstress but for me it remained as a hobby.
With four children I had enough to sew to be creative. I like to design myself.
I came in contact with quilting and it became my hobby including designing.
My husband called Dries Hermsen deceased in 2002.
In 2010 I met a new partner: George van Megen.
I love quilting but also discovered traveling in my new life. There always play ideas in my head that are underway fed and recorded at home.

Jos Hermsen

De Kantfabriek

When you arrive at the museum, you can literally walk in history. You think you are in the textile industry of the last century. Rattling lacemachines in a monumental factory that breathes the atmosphere of the 1930s. At the same time, there is the surprisingly modern museum presentation on textile and the textile industry in Horst and surroundings. There are stimulating exhibitions and inspiring activities for young and old such as workshops, classes and lectures. In the documentation centre you will find the textile libary with 10.000 titels.
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