Press release

County governor Friggebo opens quilt exhibition at county museum

After attracting considerable attention internationally, it will soon be Sweden's turn again to see some of the world's finest patchwork quilts.

On January 19th 2002, county governor Birgit Friggebo will be unveiling the quilt exhibition, "Keeping the World Sewing" at the County museum in Jönköping.

The exhibition was organised by Viking Sewing Machines AB of Huskvarna, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary.

"We have had a fantastic reception all over the world. The fact that there should be so much interest in artistic quilts came as a bit of a surprise," says Lill Nylén of Viking Sewing Machines.

The exhibition is the result of the company's international quilt competition, "Keeping the World Sewing", which was held in 1998. As well as the overall winner, they also selected a winner from each part of the world from amongst the entries sent in from 22 countries. The winning entry and a large number of other high-quality artistic quilts (80 quilts in all) have been touring the world since then.

The exhibition will be at the County museum in Jönköping from January 19th to February 24th. It will then go on to Japan, until, after being on tour for nearly two years, the quilts are returned to their respective creators around the world.

For further information, please contact:
Lill Nylén, Communication Manager
Tel +46 (0) 36 14 65 76
Mobile +46 705 14 65 76

Astrid Engstrand-Holmer, PR Sweden
Tel: +46 (0) 36-14 65 72
Mobile +46 705 14 65 72

Viking Sewing Machines AB develops, manufactures, markets and sells domestic sewing machines and accessories that give consumers the world over the opportunity to experience the pleasure of creative sewing; with brands such as Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff the company is one of the world’s leading sewing machine companies. Its annual sales of around 500,000 sewing machines correspond to a turnover of over SEK 2 billion. The group has around 1,300 employees, including 500 in Sweden. The company is certified to international quality standard ISO 9001 and environment management standard ISO 14001.