I’m back now from my amazing trip to Europe and my solo show at the European Patchwork Meeting (EPM) and getting my photos and thoughts organized to share with you.

Playing with Colors Solo Show at 2022 European Patchwork Meeting

We spent three days in Paris before the show opened–my husband and me and one of our adult children. We had two birthdays to celebrate! That’s a whole other post, but here’s a favorite photo from that part of the trip–so much inspiration there.

Eiffel Tower at Night – Cindy Grisdela

We took the high speed train from Paris to Strasbourg, then rented a car for the trip to the EPM in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in the Alsace region. International driving is always a little nerve wracking for me, but it all went well–our GPS worked in the car so it was a lot easier to get around than it used to be.

My show was very centrally located in the historic Theatre in town, just steps from the commercial area. Although this is billed as the largest quilt show in Europe, the venues are scattered among a number of villages in the area, with a handy shuttle to get visitors around.

Theatre in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines – Cindy Grisdela

This was the outside of the building, with a show banner on the left and a banner on the right with the names of the artists in the building–Carolina Oneto, Cecilia Koppmann and me!

I was on the first floor–which is the second floor in the US–in a long hall, so it was a little hard to get photos of the whole show at once.

We set up the show the day before the opening–I was glad to have helpers! This setup shot gives an idea of the space.

Setting up the EPM show – Cindy Grisdela

 

Hanging the show – Cindy Grisdela

That’s my husband Phil adjusting the hanging wires. These two pieces, Aquarius on the left and Fireflies on the right, were among the most popular with visitors, likely due to their strong colors and interesting stitched texture. There are a lot of photos of these floating around now!

Serendipity, Kaleidoscope, Fractured Time at EPM – Cindy Grisdela

Walking up a lovely staircase, this was the first set of quilts in the show. Fractured Time is the blue one on the right, Kaleidoscope in the middle, and Serendipity on the left. Most of the quilts are pictured in the Portfolio section of the website with a little more detail about each piece. Click on the links to get there if you’re interested.

3 Friends EPM show – Cindy Grisdela

Next is 3 Friends–this was one of the ones I finished just before the show. It’s a big piece–about 67″ x 80″–and took a little longer than I anticipated to get it quilted! Visitors smiled at the three figures dancing across the surface.

 

Homage to Matisse, Blue Confetti at EPM show 2022 – Cindy Grisdela

Homage to Matisse and Blue Confetti hung just behind the table where I stood. The French visitors enjoyed the reference to their native artist–Henri Matisse. I have long been inspired by his work, particularly the late cutout collages.

 

Awakening at EPM Show 2022 – Cindy Grisdela

Awakening was the other piece I finished just before the show. It’s also quite large–about 67″ x 85″—and I wasn’t sure I was going to bring it until the very last minute. This one was a challenge to myself to work with low saturation, duller colors instead of the highly saturated bright colors I usually use. But since the exhibit was called Playing with Colors, I thought it was appropriate to include a quilt that used an entirely different color palette. I was glad I brought it, because it was very popular with visitors.

Fireworks, Balancing Act, Twist and Shout at EPM show 2022 – Cindy Grisdela

Finally, the last section included Fireworks on the left, Balancing Act in the middle, and Twist and Shout on the right.

Visitors at Playing with Colors EPM 2022 – Cindy Grisdela

I had been told by a friend who exhibited here last year that many visitors didn’t speak English, so I was prepared for that. Sadly I only speak a bit of French and a bit of German, so communication was sometimes a challenge–but we all had fun and in a pinch, Google Translate worked quite well! I also had my artist’s statement printed out in French, so that helped a lot to answer some of the common questions. This image above shows a group of people reading the statement. Another thing that helped is that many people in France expect greetings when you go into a shop or restaurant, so I didn’t feel awkward saying “Bonjour Madame (or Monsieur)” and that started some conversations.

In any event, I understand “beautiful” and “congratulations” in many different languages now!

Sarah Hibbert and Cindy Grisdela EPM 2022

And it was so much fun to see old friends and to meet many people in real life that I had only known on Instagram or Facebook–thanks to all who stopped by to say hello! I got photos with some of them, including my dear friend Sarah Hibbert from England, above.

Images of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines in France – Cindy Grisdela

I spent almost all of my time at the EPM at my own exhibit, but I did have a chance to walk around the charming town a little bit–there was lots of color and texture inspiration there!

Thank you for reading all the way to the end of this long post! It was a tremendous honor to show my work at the European Patchwork Meeting in 2022 and a wonderful experience. Thank you to Marion Keller and rest of the staff at the show for inviting me, and to all the visitors for their support and well wishes. I appreciate it!

I will write another post about Paris, and the visit we took to Barcelona after the show next time. I expect there will be quilts inspired by the colors, textures and art I saw in those places.

21 Comments

  1. Caroline Parr on October 9, 2022 at 6:37 am

    What a wonderful show! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!!



  2. Chrysanthemom on October 9, 2022 at 11:37 am

    Thank you for sharing your show. I would have loved to see it in that sweet town and so am thankful that I saw your show vivacious and many coloured quilts. Your quilts inspire me to go off the “traditional “track and explore!
    It seems to me that you end up with large quilts most of the time, I know the feeling. I usually plan to make a “baby quilt” but end up with at least a “lap or twin” size… but I’m still trying to make a “small: mug rug/placemat” quilt for every quilt I make to remind me of my technique in each quilt.
    Thanks again!



    • Cindy on October 10, 2022 at 3:42 pm

      You’re welcome! What a good idea to make a small version of your quilts to remind you of the techniques.

      Cindy



  3. Jill Peterson Hoddick on October 9, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    So happy that you were able to attend and show in this event. WOW! How cool! I am sure that all your beautiful bright quilts were well received, in whatever language. I love your work. It inspires me.



    • Cindy on October 10, 2022 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks so much, Jill!



  4. Anne Munoz on October 9, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Congratulations! It’s a beautiful show. But how did you travel with all those quilts? Impressive!



    • Cindy on October 10, 2022 at 3:41 pm

      Thank you Anne–I packed them all in my suitcases–one large and one small. And I took clothes that mixed and matched so I didn’t need so much space for them!
      I forgot to mention in the post that my original large suitcase lost one of its wheels in Paris and I had to throw it away and find someplace to buy a new one!

      Cindy



  5. virginia glenn on October 9, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    cindy – thank you for this vicarious experience! i loved every word and photo! your quilts are truly spectacular and it makes me even more happy to own a ‘vintage cindy’ quilt from before you went abstract… and who knows, maybe one day… ☺️ va



    • Cindy on October 10, 2022 at 3:40 pm

      Haha–thanks so much Virginia—I’m glad you enjoyed the story!

      Cindy



  6. Roberta Fox on October 9, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    That’s lovely. I’m happy for you .
    I enjoyed the close up of Awakening- the detail wasn’t noticeable in the long shot…



    • Cindy on October 10, 2022 at 3:39 pm

      Thank you–I’m glad the details were clearer in the closeup. It’s a little tough to get a good photo of that quilt with all the neutrals.

      Cindy



  7. Dianne on October 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    What a wonderful trip
    And exciting quilts
    Congratulations



  8. Janet Pugh on October 9, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Your exhibit was wonderful and I enjoyed the photos. The village photos are charming. I particularly like some of the quilts you finished just prior to the show, especially the one with shades of grey mixed with bright colors. What an honor to be invited as a special exhibitor!



    • Cindy on October 10, 2022 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Janet–it was a great experience! Thanks for the feedback on my neutral quilt–I appreciate it.

      Cindy



  9. Ginny mason on October 9, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Looks fantastic 🌈



  10. Kathy Tuttle on October 9, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    You are a wonderful storyteller Cindy! I love your blog!



    • Cindy on October 10, 2022 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks so much, Kathy–I appreciate that!

      Cindy



  11. Kristin Skantze on October 10, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Oh my!! What a beautiful display of your wonderful creations! Love reading about your journey and the pix are so lovely! Congratulations!!



    • Cindy on October 12, 2022 at 9:42 am

      Thanks so much, Kristin–it was definitely an experience!

      Cindy



  12. Rachel M Biel on October 15, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Truly wonderful to see this recap! What a fantastic trip! The quilting on 3 Friends is exquisite! Way to go, Cindy!!!



    • Cindy on October 17, 2022 at 11:56 am

      Thank you Rachel–I appreciate your kind words!

      Cindy