The history of the European Patchwork Meeting

Every year, the EPM has the pleasure to welcome visitors from all around the world. Over the years, this internationally renowned event has become the referent event in the field of traditional and modern patchwork as well as art quilt.

The 4 villages of Val d’Argent open their most beautiful places to us, and during 4 days turn into real art galleries exhibiting between 1200 and 1500 textile works reflecting yesterday’s and today’s patchwork landscape to its 22 000 international visitors.

Adding classes, conferences, activities and a considerable commercial area specialized in everything dealing with this art, it is not surprising to see this successful event taking place year after year.

The history of the European Patchwork Meeting starts in 1993 when the French Association of the Anabaptism and Mennonite History organizes in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, crib of the Amish movement, the celebration of its 300 anniversary.

It is then a real discovery, 18 TV channels from the whole world cover the event, 5000 witnessing visitors are moved by the Amish Quilts from the Swiss collector Jacques Légeret.